Have you ever had a really rotten day at work or at school, when you felt as though you were moving in slow motion both mentally and physically, and you had no idea why?
This may be a sign that you are lacking some beauty sleep. Plenty of studies around the world have shown the importance of a good sleep and the benefits to a good night sleep are more than what you think it is.
1. Do you know that we learn while we are sleeping?!?!
Even while we are asleep, our minds remain busily at work.
Researchers have discovered that as we sleep, our minds become “trained” to retain memories more efficiently as well as instructions and information we have learned regarding how to perform certain skills while we are awake.
This process is called Consolidation, and it actually programs our newly-acquired skills and pieces of information into our brains more effectively as we sleep.
In addition to providing us with the rest we need in order to be alert and energetic to go about our daily lives, sleep also helps our bodies to heal from injuries and illness, and can even help to fight off pain.
Research indicates that inflammation in the body of the type which can lead to such serious health problems as diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis, and premature aging is reduced when the body receives sufficient amounts of sleep.
In most cases, these types of dangers to the health occur only following years of deprivation of adequate sleep. However, this has been shown to not always be the case: By simulating the effects of disrupted sleep patterns of shift workers using 10 healthy young adults, three of them developed blood glucose levels that qualified them as pre-diabetic after only four days.
By giving your body the proper amount of sleep, the risks of these types of health issues can be greatly reduced.
It has even been proven in studies that our sex lives are improved by adequate sleep, and not just simply by giving us more energy.
Based on studies conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 26% of people said that their sex lives suffer when they fail to get an adequate amount of sleep.
There is evidence that impaired sleep in males is associated with lower testosterone levels. Studies conducted on individuals who got adequate amounts of sleep did not display these issues.
4. It helps you to Fight Obesity
An adequate amount of sleep has also been shown in studies to be beneficial to weight control and fighting obesity.
When you have had proper amounts of rest, you are far more likely to have the energy and mental desire to make healthy choices for our body such as eating healthy food and exercising.
By the same token, if you are feeling tired and run-down, going for a walk or heading to the gym will be the last thing that pops in your head.