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Good Quality Sleep: Why Having One is Important

Science has proven time and time again that sleep plays a pivotal role in keeping our minds and bodies in tip-top shape.

We’re giving you 10 good reasons to snuggle up in bed with your comfy bamboo sheet and enjoy a good night’s sleep.

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Getting Enough Sleep

1. Poor sleep is linked to weight gain.
People who get adequate sleep weigh significantly less compares to those who don’t get enough sleep.

An extensive review study showed that both children and adults who have shorter sleep duration were 89% and 55%  more susceptible to developing obesity, respectively.

2. Good sleepers are found to consume fewer calories.
Sleep deprivation has been shown to affect an individual’s appetite and calorie consumption. It is found to be disruptive in the appetite hormones’ daily fluctuation which is believed to cause a poor regulation of one’s appetite.

3. Good sleep increases productivity and concentration.
The brain performs several different functions, including concentration, cognition, performance, and productivity. One study even says that lack of sleep negatively impairs the brain to the same degree that alcohol intoxication does.

Inversely, good sleep was found to increase productivity and performance in individuals.

4. It helps maximize and improve athletic performance.
In the same way that lack of sleep negatively affects the brain, it also contributes to poor physical and athletic performance.

A good night’s sleep allows your body to repair damaged cells and recharge your batteries leading to improved speed, agility, accuracy, strength, and overall mental well-being.

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5. Lack of sleep increases the risk of heart disease.
Getting less than seven hours of sleep daily puts you in a position of greater risk of a stroke, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.

6. Glucose metabolism is affected by how much sleep you’re getting.
Poor sleeping habits also have a negative effect on your blood sugar. A study involving healthy young men showed that getting only four hours of sleep for 6 days straight has caused prediabetes symptoms in the participants.

A week’s worth of quality sleep was able to resolve the said symptoms.

7. Lack of sleep can lead to depression.
Depression and other mental health issues can be triggered by a lack of proper sleep.

PubMed published a review connecting sleep and depression. In it, they found that 90% of those going through depression have complained about not getting enough sleep.

8. Your immune system is improved when you sleep well.
An impaired immune system is one of the byproducts of sleep deprivation.

It is found that people who regularly sleep for less than seven hours a day are three times more likely to catch a cold compared to those who get at least eight hours of shut-eye a day.

9. Poor sleep could lead to an increase in inflammation in your body.
Inflammation in your body is also greatly affected by poor sleep quality. It is known to trigger unpleasant markers of cell damage and inflammation.

Researchers and experts recommend sleep evaluation to determine the possibility of long-term inflammatory concerns in individuals.

10. Sleep affects how you respond socially and emotionally.
Lack of sleep reduces your ability to interact socially and respond emotionally. Researchers believe that it can cause people to fail to process emotional information and react appropriately in social settings.

With all the reasons we listed above, we won’t find it surprising if you’ll immediately make your way to the bedroom to catch up on those much-needed Have a good night’s rest and the sweetest of dreams!

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