5 Benefits of Getting Enough Sleep
Why is sleep is so beneficial? Experts recommend getting a solid 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night -- and with good reason. Here are five benefits to consider~
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5 Benefits of Sleep
1. Your memory may improve.
Sleep offers cognitive benefits. Learning -- and retaining -- new information may become easier for you. Why? When you are in the REM state of sleep (also known as Rapid Eye Movement), something called your declarative memory becomes more finely tuned. Declarative memory is your memory of events and facts. If you are a student trying to cram for a test, close your laptop and books and head to bed earlier because that sleep will be helping you remember the info you have been studying.
2. You will enjoy greater mental clarity.
Think of it as being more focused and having a clear head. If you are sleep-deprived, you may feel foggy and groggy. It becomes harder to concentrate and pay attention to what is going on around you. If you want to have that laser sharp focus so you can tackle the day, sleep if essential.
3. You'll see a boost in your mood.
It can be hard to reign in your emotions when you are exhausted. This can cause you to say things you didn't intend to say or you may find that your coping mechanisms seem to fail you. The fact is, you will likely feel much happier if you get a good night's sleep. Says Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein, of the Harvard Medical School, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, "People who have problems with sleep are at increased risk for developing emotional disorders, depression, and anxiety."
4. Your productivity will increase.
If you want to get everything checked off your "to do" list, be sure you are getting enough sleep. When you are tired, it's harder to complete projects. This can negatively impact everything from your work-life to home-life. You will also find that you are more likely to make mistakes on those projects if you are tired. I know this is the case for me, as I find that I am much more likely to make a typo when I am tired -- plus it takes me much longer to write down what I want to say and be happy with it.
5. You'll likely be healthier.
Your immune system also benefits from sleep. If your body is deprived of sleep, your immune system is deprived as well. We need a strong immune system to fight off everything from the common cold to more serious health conditions. Sleep also helps us regulate our body's stress hormones. Inadequate sleep may increase the risk of everything from high blood pressure to heart disease. The Mayo Clinic's Dr. Sheldon G. Sheps says:
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