Health benefits we get from sleep

You've surely many times heard how important is the good night sleep not only for your beauty rituals but also for your health. Still, many people remain unaware of the importance of a regular good night sleep. Surely, many of us at some point, faced with overwhelming responsibilities or deadlines, have decided to pull an all-nighter, meaning we avoided getting any sleep during some nights. However, numerous studies prove this is the furthest thing from a good choice when it comes to these things. Sleep deprivation causes concentration issues, drowsiness and mood swings, all of which will affect your work the next day in a very negative way. You may have encountered this situation as a student while preparing for a hard test.

Drinking gallons of coffee to keep you awake longer in order to gain a few more hours of studying, but tomorrow your performance on the test is highly impaired by the lack of sleep. NSF (National Sleep Foundation) conducted a study which revealed a concerning number of 40 million people only in America suffer from some kind of sleep disorder. A great number of these issues go undiagnosed and untreated.

Are you aware of the severe side-effects of sleep deprivation?

Increased stress

A study was conducted which examined two groups of people – one that had sleep last night and the other that didn’t - had to complete a given test that measured their reactions. The results showed that the group that didn’t sleep last night experienced severe stress and had an increased blood pressure.

Lowered brain function

A good night sleep is a vital factor for the brain’s proper functioning. Furthermore, it improves memory function. This is why it’s a crucial element when it comes to learning math, playing piano, new language, sports moves, driving a car, etc. A good sleep will enhance your problem-solving skills, learning, concentration, and creativity. On the other hand, sleep deprivation is linked to negative behavior, depression and even suicide.

Physical health

Sleep improves some of your physical functions, such as repairing your heart and blood vessels. However, sleep deficiency may lead to various heart conditions, kidney diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Furthermore, the risk of obesity is quite increased with sleep deprivation. A good sleep maintains your hormones at a healthy level, so ghrelin (hormone that makes you feel hungry) goes up and leptin (hormone that makes you feel full) goes down when you don’t get enough sleep. Even more, insulin – the hormone that maintains blood sugar level – is affected in a bad way by sleep deprivation, which may lead to diabetes. As it has a major role in maintaining the hormones at a healthy level, it’s very important when it comes to children. It has a positive impact on hormones in charge of growth, muscle mass, and cell repairment.

All of the above being said, it is obvious that sleep also helps when it comes to beauty. You’ve surely heard of “beauty sleep”. Other than taking care of your health, sleep will also make you feel fresh, well-rested and younger!

Nessie L.B.


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