Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to our overall health and wellness; there’s no doubt about that. However, most people aren’t sleeping as much as they would like to or they simply fail to appreciate the many boons of having quality sleep. To put this into better perspective, here are three fantastic reasons to sleep well tonight:
1. You’ll boost your immunity. If you find yourself being susceptible to colds and flu, chances are, you aren’t getting enough sleep. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that if you’re exhausted or burnt out, your immune system will be too weak to protect you from harmful bacteria and viruses.
A recent study revealed that our body’s circadian rhythm is responsible for controlling a vital gene in the immune system. Epidemiology Professor Erol Fikrig of Yale School of Medicine explains, “People intuitively know that when their sleep patterns are disturbed, they are more likely to get sick. It does appear that disruptions of the circadian clock influence our susceptibility to pathogens.”
2. You’ll stop eating too much. Poor sleeping habits can greatly increase the risk of people becoming overweight. Researchers from Uppsala University suggest that a person’s appetite becomes more active after losing one night of normal sleep. Study researcher Christian Benedict of the Department of Neuroscience says, “Insufficient sleep is a growing problem in modern society, our results may explain why poor sleep habits can affect people’s risk to gain weight in the long run. It may therefore be important to sleep about eight hours every night to maintain a stable and healthy body weight.”
3. You’ll look more attractive. Sleeping eight hours a day is a great way to enhance your good looks. A study published in the British Medical Journal revealed that well-rested people are found to be more attractive than those who are sleep-deprived. “Sleep should be seen as the body’s natural beauty treatment and a clear alternative or complement to other beauty treatments,” lead researcher John Axelsson, states. So, the next time you tell someone you need to get your beauty rest, proudly claim it is now supported by science.
Have you ever had a hard time falling asleep? If so, what challenges are you currently experiencing? I want to hear from you. Let me know in the comments section below.
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