There’s plenty of time to sleep when you’re dead, or so a lot of overworking people would constantly say. When it comes to productivity and success, a lot of people would see sleep as a deterrent. From office workers to college students, the general consensus is that sometimes (a lot of times, actually) sleep should take the back seat and be sacrificed for the sake of getting in a couple of extra hours of work or study. Yes, more people would opt to lose hours of sleep rather than skip a meal just to keep a deadline or to just generally be doing something else other than snoozing. But sleep is something that many people really do neglect. It is very important and it has important effects on the body that people should never just shrug off.
Some much needed Hours of rest
So just how long should someone sleep and what would he or she get from it? There are varying recommendations when it comes to expert’s opinions on how long someone should sleep but there is an almost definite answer. Adults are generally advised to get about 7 to 9 hours of sleep while Teenagers are advised to get 8-10. Any less than that, and people will get serious health risks and may end up chronically ill. So what are the benefits of sleep? There are a lot, but the most important ones involve:
Great Overall Health
Having great overall health is one of the many things that sleep provides. Sure, it may seem like a bit of a reach when saying that someone is healthy all because he or she goes to bed early but when put next to someone who frequently stays up too late and wakes up too early, the difference would be so obvious who is at better health. A lot of the most dangerous lifestyle diseases of today like Diabetes and Heat problems have been proven to have a link to sleep. People who get way less sleep have been found to be more prone to excessively high blood sugar and blood pressure. Getting the right amount of sleep on the other hand, rejuvenates the cardiovascular system and allows for the creation of important blood components.
Lessening Inflammation and decreasing Pain
Having pain may seem like something that would prevent sleep and sleeping off pain may seem silly, but the research results have been conclusive: getting enough sleep actually helps lower down and even helps alleviate pain totally. Studies have found that people who get regular sleep actually have a higher tolerance of pain and can actually help lower the severity of pain, even lowering it to up to two ratings in the pain scale. Sleeping also helps aid the lowering of inflammation. It has been found that inflammatory proteins are more abundant in bodies where sleep has been deprived. So, whenever having an inflammation in the body, sleep can actually help do wonders.
Improving Mood and Behavior
One thing that becomes readily apparent when interacting with a person with sleep deprivation is that the person is almost always cranky throughout the day. Having enough sleep actually helps in improving mood. Studies found that having enough sleep can actually increase hormones that regulate good mood. It has also been found that having enough sleep helps in avoiding mood and behavioral disorders. A lot of people have reported that a week of proper sleep schedule actually drastically helped them and the way they feel and behave. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to aggressive behavior and angry outbursts. Needless to say, a good night of sleep makes for a good day.
Better Sleep Better Life
Sleep, or at least the right amount of it, can also do a lot of wonders for the body such as getting rid of skin problems, and even help in controlling one’s weight. There are so many effects that a nice night of sleep can provide. So next time when made to choose between an all-nighter of work or a good night’s sleep, choose sleep.
Having a Sharper Mind
Not only can a good night’s sleep help in bringing about a healthy, relaxed mood. It can also help maintain and even improve mental capacity. There have been a lot of scientific evidence that a lack of proper sleep actually leads to impaired cognitive functioning and even memory loss. People who tend to sleep less actually learn less- this means that students that actually stay up the whole night just to cram an entire semester’s studying are actually setting themselves up to fail. Getting enough sleep on the other hand helps in sharpening memory and even increases creativity.