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10 Benefits of a good night's sleep

Sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle; it plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning and other important functions.

Mind Body By Editorial TeamMar 06, 2014

Why Is Sleep Important

There have been several studies in the past to suggest that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning and other important functions.

Improves Heart Health

According to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a good night's sleep boosts the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on the heart. Sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity, high blood pressure and other factors related to CVDs.

Prevents Cancer

A Nurses' Health Study from Harvard suggests that sleep deprivation puts one at increased risk for breast cancer and colon cancer. Another study at the Stanford University Medical Centre in California found evidence that sleep can help cancer recovery. It suggested that get a good sleep can alter the balance of hormones in their bodies, which in turn may influence cancer progression.

Busts Stress

A good night's sleep has a remarkable effect on our emotional state of mind. It helps mitigate depression and improve our mood. With reduced levels of stress, people can have better control of their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, factors to play a significant role in heart disease.

Boosts Brain Health

If you are sleep deprived, there are more chances of you to develop temporary mental defects. Sleepiness is one after effect that lasts throughout the day and can also lead to anxiety, lack of motivation, irritability, extreme and restlessness.

Gives you Energy

The body goes into repair mode when we're asleep. Sleep helps eliminate fatigue and boost our overall energy levels. This improves our confidence and an ability to approach tasks with enthusiasm.

Improves Memory

When you snooze, it is a consolidation time as you strengthen memories or practice skills learned while you were awake. If you’re learning a new skill, say a new language, you’ll be able to grasp it better after you get a good night’s sleep.

Weight management

An insufficient amount of sleep can affect your appetite and increases your chances of obesity. If you are trying to lose or maintain weight, you must plan an earlier bedtime too. Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite.

Betters Concentration

According to the American Psychological Association, lack of sleep can affect your concentration. This can cause disciplinary problems and influence academic performance.

Help Cells Repair

Protein is generated when we are asleep. Protein molecules are the foundation for cells, and these healthy cells are needed to be fixed for whatever damage sustained due to the exposure to toxins during the daytime.

Delays Ageing

Sleep is restorative; get your beauty sleep to stay forever young. Cells regeneration, tissue repair and other rejuvenatory processes are going on when we are asleep. Getting a good night’s sleep helps prevent wrinkles, for healthier teeth and delay other signs of ageing.

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