Health Benefits of Sleep


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How you feel when you wake up says a lot about the night you had and the day to come. Sleep plays an important role in our physical and mental health. Some of the benefits of sleep revealed by recent researches is mentioned here.

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Health Benefits of Sleep

  1. 1. Health Benefits of Sleep Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.
  2. 2. Sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. How you feel when you wake up says a lot about the night you had and the day to come.
  3. 3. Proper sleep improves memory. Sleep helps the brain to commit new information to memory. In addition to consolidating memories, or making them stronger, brain appears to reorganize and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well. Too much or too little sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan.
  4. 4. The researchers suggests getting plenty of sleep might prevent weight gain. Research indicates that people who get less sleep -six or fewer hours a night -- have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more. These inflammatory proteins are linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging.
  5. 5. A Stanford University study found that football players who tried to sleep at least 10 hours a night for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and more stamina. College students who don't get enough sleep have worse grades than those who do, researches reveals.
  6. 6. A 2009 study found that children ages seven and eight who got less than eight hours of sleep a night were more likely to be hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat -- 56 percent of their weight loss -- than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass.
  7. 7. Sleep can reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure. It's also believed that sleep effects cholesterol levels, which plays a significant role in heart disease. Sleeplessness affects reaction time and decision making. Insufficient sleep for just one night can be as detrimental to your driving ability as having an alcoholic drink.
  8. 8. Lack of sleep can contribute to depression. A good night's sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety. You get more emotional stability with good sleep. Researchers have found that getting good sleep can supplement medication for pain.
  9. 9. People who got seven hours of sleep a night or less were almost three times as likely to get sick as the people who got at least eight hours of sleep a night. Average sleep needs by age Newborn to 2 months old 12 - 18 hrs 3 months to 1 year old 14 - 15 hrs 1 to 3 years old 12 - 14 hrs 3 to 5 years old 11 - 13 hrs 5 to 12 years old 10 - 11 hrs 12 to 18 years old 8.5 - 10 hrs Adults (18+) 7.5 - 9 hrs