5 Benefits Of A Good Night's Sleep
7 Nov 2016
Many people underestimate the power of a good night's sleep, myself included. Even since we welcomed our second daughter, I said goodbye to that, but I didn't lose hope and everytime that I get the chance, I try to get as much sleep as I can. I'm sure that many parents with small kids can relate.
It's a fact that not getting enough sleep can affect your mood, your health and your weight. Studies have shown that people who get the appropriate amount of sleep on a daily basis tend to live longer and have healthier lives. If I haven't convinced you yet about the importance of a good night's sleep, here are some of the benefits of sleep that you probably did not know.
1. Sleep can help with your mood swings
I placed this one first because I can totally relate to it. When I don't get enough sleep, not even the biggest cup of coffee in the world can help me against the terrible mood swings. Nothing is ok that day, no matter how hard I try. That is why, when I reach this stage I try to set back, relax and try to get my needed rest in order to recharge my batteries.
2. Sleep controls body weight issues
Another point that I can relate to. Sleep regulates the hormones that control the appetite and studies have shown that if you don't get enough rest the normal hormone balances are interrupted and your appetite increases. Then your body will want to stock up with food high in calories.
3. Sleep improves your memory
I don't know about you, but when I don't get enough sleep, it's very hard for me to think straight. Everything seems confusing and I just can't seem to get around. One of the great benefits of sleep is that it allows our brain to process and acknowledge the new experiences, increasing our understanding and retention capacity.
4. Sleep can reduce stress
Either we want it or not, stress is a big part of our everyday life. That is why a good night's sleep can help lower blood pressure and elevated levels of stress hormones. Sleep encourages a state of relaxation and helps your body fight the stress factors.
5. Sleep helps with anti ageing
When you have a good sleep your body temperature lowers. This means that your body can now concentrate its energies on rejuvenating tissue, growth and repair.
To make sure you get a good sleep, follow these tips:
- Keep your bedroom cool and dark and make it as comfortable as possible
- During the day, try and get some time for yourself and disconnect from everything. Riser recliner chairs are known to be very comfy, so grab a good book or even take a power nap.
- Try not to eat at least 2 hrs before you go to sleep.
- Establish a bedtime routine that will relax you and will help you sleep better.
A good sleep is critical to your health. In order to make each day a safe and productive one, you have to make sure you get a good night's sleep.