We so take sleep for granted. Some of us don’t take it at all, or every little. In bed at 2 AM and up at 6. Just because you can function on four hours sleep a night doesn’t mean it’s good for you to do so. In fact, there are a number of benefits of sleep that you’re probably not even aware of. Well, in this article, I’m going to share some of these little known benefits. After reading this, you may just decide that four hours sleep a night really ISN’T good enough.
For starters, have you ever tried memorizing something during the day? Actors do this all the time. And daytime actors, who are on five days a week, do this constantly. Did you notice that during the day, when trying to memorize whatever it is, you seem to have trouble with it but then after going to sleep you wake up the next morning and it all comes to you? It’s a process your brain goes through called consolidation and it happens while you sleep. So sleeping helps improve your memory.
Here’s one that may shock the heck out of you. Studies show that people who sleep less, especially women, don’t live as long as their counterparts who get more sleep. In fact, more deaths occur in women between the ages of 50 and 79 who get less than five hours of sleep each night. So sleeping actually helps you live longer.
You might have noticed that there are days where you’d have a headache all day long from the minute you woke up, but then after going to sleep, the next morning upon awaking your headache is gone. This has to do with inflammatory proteins. People who get less than six hours of sleep each night have more of these proteins and are thus more prone to having headaches. A good night’s sleep reduces these proteins and thus causes the headache to disappear.
Then of course there is the fatigue factor for those of us who do some kind of physical activity for a living, such as athletes. Studies show that athletes who get 10 hours of sleep a night for 7 straight days have more stamina and endurance than other athletes. They perform better and they feel better.
Further studies show that children between the ages of 10 and 16 who have sleep disorders have poorer grades than students who get a good night’s sleep. But not only children that young, college kids who get very little sleep have poorer grades than their counterparts who get a good night’s sleep regularly.
And then there is dieting. If you’re overweight and need to go on a diet, studies show that 56% of your weight loss occurs while you’re asleep. That’s why you’re told to weigh yourself first thing in the morning.
These are just some of the many benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. If you want to perform better, feel better, think better and even lose weight faster, you’ll consider getting at least 8 hours sleep a night if you’re a teen and 7 hours a night If you’re an adult.
Your whole body will thank you for it.