Sleep and Health
Wouldn’t it be great to win the lottery? Well, I’ve got good news for you… there’s something you can do to increase your odds of winning the lottery — the HEALTH lottery, anyway. The number one way to stack the odds in your favor? Consider the connection between sleep and health – get quality sleep on a regular basis. Here are 5 ways that giving your body the sleep it needs will help you win the health jackpot.
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1. Sleep makes your brain function better.
You aren’t imaging it. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you don’t think as well as you should. Sleep is important for cognition, concentration, productivity, and performance. In fact, even moderate sleep deprivation can make you as impaired as if you’ve had a few too many drinks! Sleep can improve your memory and your problem-solving and creative abilities, too. Simply put, your brain works better when you’ve had enough sleep. Why? Because sleep helps your brain prepare itself for the day ahead by processing memories and forming pathways to help you learn and manage new information. This also improves mental health. Want to be smarter? Get more sleep.
2. Sleep makes emotions easier to manage.
Do you remember being a teenager, when you felt moody or teary-eyed? Often, a good night’s sleep would help you turn that teen angst on its head — and the same is true today, even now that your hormones have leveled out. Sleep allows you the opportunity to process and manage your emotions. In fact, poor sleep is linked to depression and an increased risk of death by suicide. Not getting enough sleep can also make it harder to understand what other people are thinking or feeling and your ability to feel empathy. On top of that, people who don’t get enough sleep feel more stressed, angry, sad, and emotionally fragile.
The good news? Those feelings can be resolved with a couple of good nights’ sleep! Getting a good night’s sleep is the best way to get over a bad day, refresh your mood, and be ready to take on the next day’s challenges. Want to be more resilient? You guessed it — get more and better sleep!
3. Sleep boosts your body’s functions.
When you are asleep, your body’s functions slow down. Your breathing, blood pressure, and temperature all decrease. As it turns out, that decrease is required downtime for your body to repair and renew itself. If you don’t give your heart and your blood vessels the chance to rest, they get worn out, too, and put you at higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, or stroke. Not getting enough sleep is also a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes. How? A lack of sleep can create a lack of certain hormones (and an excess of others), which can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Poor sleep is also linked to worsening kidney disease. It all boils down to one thing: your body needs sleep to maintain its health!
4. Sleep makes it easier to manage your weight.
No one really wants to hear this, but not sleeping enough can make you gain weight. In fact, short sleep duration is one of the biggest risk factors for obesity. This is partially because poor sleep duration is directly tied to higher levels of the metabolic hormones that signal to your brain whether you are hungry or not. When they’re too high, so is your hunger! Shorter sleep also leads to lower levels of leptin and higher levels of ghrelin. These appetite regulatory hormones are key to our ability to manage our hunger and to maintain or lose weight, and changes in them due to insufficient sleep may contribute to obesity.
Want to know something even more shocking? Not getting enough sleep actually makes our bodies expend more energy, but researchers have found that we tend to overeat more food than that extra energy requires, also leading to weight gain. This all tells us that sleep is key to managing hormones that help you resist temptation and control your appetite, which benefits your overall health.
5. Sleep keeps your immune system strong.
Our moms all said the same thing: If you feel the sniffles coming on, or have a tickle in your throat, you should get some extra shut-eye. And she was right! Our immune systems are what help us ward off infections and illness, and even a small decrease in sleep duration can hurt our immune responses. Better sleep habits might even help you not get a cold this winter. One study discovered that poor sleep efficiency and short sleep duration prior to exposure to a rhinovirus resulted in lower resistance to it. Want to stay healthy this winter and avoid that cold? We might sound like a broken record by now, but it’s true: you need more (and better) sleep!
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We all want to be happier and healthier, right? Hopefully everything we’ve shared here shows you just how important sleep is in feeling like a million bucks (the real lottery!)… but what if sleep doesn’t seem to come easily to you? 1 in 3 Americans struggle with sleep at some point in their lives, and the effects are widespread. From fatigue to mental fog, to weight gain and even higher risk of disease, lack of sleep is bad for your health no matter how you dice it.
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