The Miracle Cure: What Does A Good Night’s Sleep Do for Your Body?
On average, we spend a third of our lives asleep. This is a huge proportion, yet few of us know or ask, ‘Why is sleep important?’ Many have little understanding of what happens to our brains and bodies during this time, but the benefits of sleep are endless.
Here, TEMPUR® examines the benefits of sleep, exploring some of the miraculous processes our body undergoes while resting.
Benefits of Sleep to Physical Health
Our body heals during sleep. From reducing internal inflammation to rejuvenating our immune system, sleep boosts the body’s healing process. This means that it’s vital to get plenty of high-quality rest, which means between 7 and 9 hours for most adults.
The physical benefits of doing so include:
• Lower blood pressure, reducing the chance of developing heart disease.
• Healing of internal inflammation, meaning less risk of suffering from conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.
• The repair of blood vessels, lowering risk of kidney diseases, strokes and heart disease.
• A stronger immune system, helping to prevent disease.
• Better regulation of insulin, the hormone the controls your blood sugar levels, meaning a lower chance of developing diabetes.
Make sure you are getting a full night’s rest, so you can experience all these benefits of sleep. It’s especially important that young people do this. Deep sleep triggers the release of growth hormones, which are vital for children and teenagers to develop.
Benefits of Sleep for Your Weight
Another of the benefits of sleep is a reduced risk of obesity. People who get a full night of rest have been shown to be likely to consume less calories throughout the day. This is because sleep helps to maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that control your diet. These are leptin, which tells your body you are full, and ghrelin, which tells you body when you are hungry.
Benefits of Sleep to Mental Health
When answering the question ‘Why is sleep important?’ mental health is unavoidable. Poor sleep quality has been linked to a higher risk of depression, with people struggling with insomnia being amongst some of the most likely to suffer with the condition.
Further, sleep is vital to our social and emotional intelligence. Someone who fails to get adequate sleep will lack emotional empathy. Poor sleep means you are more likely to have issues recognising other people’s emotions and expressions, as well as more trouble controlling your own.
Getting a great night’s sleep is therefore vital to maintaining your mental wellbeing.
Benefits of Sleep to Performance
Finally, proper sleep is important for your performance during waking hours. Your brain prepares for the day while you sleep, forming neurological pathways that help you to learn and remember information. This means that sleep-deficient people will struggle more with creativity, reasoning, and concentration.
Extremely sleep-deficient people may even experience ‘micro-sleeps’. These are periods where your brain sleeps when you ought to be awake, often occurring without you being aware. This can be incredibly dangerous in certain situations, such as driving a car or operating heavy machinery. Ensuring you get a proper night’s rest is therefore essential to your safety and that of the people around you.
How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep?
There are many ways to help you sleep well at night, but your environment is key. Most crucially, ensure you have a comfortable and supportive mattress, which will carry you off to a deep and peaceful rest. Also, ensure that your room is cool and free from stimulating objects, especially electronic devices.
A routine of relaxing activities for you to enjoy before bed will help ease you into a relaxing slumber as well.
How has sleep impacted your health? Do you have any recommendations for sleeping better? Let us know in the comments section below…