How many times have you heard or been told that getting enough sleep can help impact your health?
It’s something which we hear quite often and try to abide by as we attempt to try and bag ourselves the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
However along with boosting our mood and keeping us feeling awake and active, why are we recommended to ty and get a good night’s sleep, and how is sleep really making a positive impact our health? We asked bedding specialists, SleepyPeople.com.
Did you know that sleep is a great way of helping to improve memory?
Even though your entire body feels as though it has entered sleep mode once you’ve hit the pillow, your mind is still keeping busy even though you are asleep.
As part of a method known as consolidation, you can help to strengthen memories or practice skills you acquired when you were awake even when you are asleep.
According Dr.Rapoport, an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center, when you are learning new skills, you’ll only practice these up to a certain point, but during sleep, your memory becomes more stable as it helps to consolidate the learning it has done during the daytime. Head to Healthy Sleep and find out more on the effect of sleep impacting our learning and memory.
Repair the body
Sleep isn’t just an important time for you to rest and switch off from the day’s activities, but it’s also an important time for your body to help restore itself.
During the third and fourth stages of sleep, your body enters the deepest and most restorative period of sleep, giving your body an opportunity to repair and grow tissue, as well as increase the flow of blood to muscles. Find out what other processes your body undergoes during rapid eye movement (REM) according to the National Sleep Foundation.
According to The Better Sleep Guide, during sleep, extra protein molecules are produced which helps your immune system to mend your body at a celluar level when it might have been exposed to bacteria, therefore sleep helps to increase your body’s ability to fight off infections and remain healthy.
Increased life expectancy?
Making sure that you are receiving the right amount of sleep could help to increase lifespan and this also includes getting too much sleep!
A study in 2010 reported by the Mirror found that receiving less than six hours per night could make you 12% more likely to die prematurely than if you slept up to eight hours. The study also shows that there could be a 30% increased mortality rate associated with getting nine or more hours of sleep.
However it has been said that the results of the study do not necessarily mean that not getting the standard amount of sleep could result in an earlier death.
Although a casual relationship might be possible, life expectancy and sleep could also be affected by physical and mental health.
Sleep helps to control weight
Getting a good night’s sleep could help you to maintain a healthy weight.
Firstly, if you haven’t been sleeping well, then it’ll be even more difficult for you to put all of your energy into going for a run or to the gym!
Secondly, getting a good night’s sleep helps to regulate the hormones affecting and controlling your appetite. However, when the body is sleep deprived, this disrupts the normal hormone balances and results in increasing your appetite.
The increase appetite in particular leads your body to crave high calorie and fatty foods, therefore if you are finding it difficult to shed the pounds and you know you haven’t been getting enough sleep, try and alter your sleep pattern to try and reduce the desire to head to the biscuit tin!