Why Sleep is More Important Than you Think
Sleep sometimes gets a bad rep – it’s associated with laziness and is sometimes even seen as a waste of time. You’re not alone in thinking ‘Why do I need sleep?!’ when you have work due and no time for a social life. But, don’t be quick to take it for granted! Here’s a few reasons why sleep is so much more than just snoozing.
A Zombie Antidote
The most obvious reason for sleep is to recharge – without it you’d be a shambling zombie going about your day. Sleep lets your body do all that insane biological stuff like repairing and growing tissues and allows your cardiovascular system to rest. In fact, people who sleep well actually live longer! The general recommended amount is 8 hours a night, but experts’ say anywhere from 6 – 10 hours is good, depending on the person. So make sure you’re catching the right amount of zzz’s.
Remember and Learn
Want to remember all those important ideas rattling around in your head? Want to get better at the language you’ve been learning? Sleep. Well, it helps to practice too. When sleeping, the brain transfers all your short-term memories into long-term ones and strengthens the skills you’ve learned in the process. Think of it like your brain writing it’s own diary – it needs time to get all your thoughts in order.
Sleep as Therapy
Stressed about work? Try to wind down before hitting the hay. Depression and sleep are interdependent. People who work up a ‘sleep debt’ are more likely to have symptoms of depression – so pay up! Settle your sleep debt and you’re less likely to be down in the dumps.
You Snooze, You Lose
If you think it couldn’t get any better, you’d be wrong. Sleeping aids your metabolism – which could lead to weight loss. In a study by the University of Chicago, people who were well rested lost more body fat than those who were sleep deprived. So if weight loss is on your mind, get snoozing!
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