Top Benefits of Getting a Good Night’s Rest

Now I will be the first one to admit to pulling the occasional all-nighter. You don’t even want to know how many nights I’ve slammed coffee and energy drinks until sunrise, trying to meet the next morning’s deadline.

But, not only is this bad for my under-eye bags, this is so bad for my health. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep is so important for our mind and body. Don’t believe us? Check out the list below and remember it the next time you’re tempted to pull an all nighter.

Boost Your Immune System

What’s that? You can fight off illnesses better just through sleeping? Sign me up. We are in a pandemic after all.

Believe it or not, but our immune cells and proteins need rest as well. More sleep helps these cells to act quickly and effectively, and a lack of sleep may lead to the opposite meaning you may become sick more often. Also, sleep can lead to vaccines being more effective. So there’s that.

Better Heart Health

Ever hear of the hormone cortisol? It’s a stress hormone that makes your heart work harder, which can lead to high blood pressure and and cholesterol and cause heart attacks and strokes. Sleeping less leads to more production of this hormone, so skipping a night of rest is never a good thing.

When we sleep we are allowing our body to regulate its blood pressure. So instead of breaking your own heart, get some rest and give your heart a break!

Be Happier

Ever been told that you “woke up on the wrong side of the bed” before? Yeah, me too. Turns out, it doesn’t matter what side you wake up on as long as you are waking up at least 8 hours later.

We all know that a lack of sleep can make you grumpy and, let’s face it, irrational. But, when we’re well rested we tend to be so much calmer, happier and more energetic. Sleep help you to face the day with a positive attitude and a calmer mindset.

Lack of sleep can also lead to higher chances of mood disorders. Depression, anxiety and panic disorders are more common in those who suffer from insomnia. Therefore, getting the right amount of sleep can not only help with your mood, but with your mental health.

Get Stuff Done

Sleep helps with concentration and leads to faster reaction times. When we don’t get enough sleep, it’s often harder for us to focus and we are more prone to making errors.

It also allows us to have enough energy to do what we need to do during the day. So basically, if you want to be an awesome Girl Boss, you better catch some Zzz’s.

Better Memory

When we’re asleep, our brain is actually processing the day before and storing our memories in order to make them stronger. Without sleep, you might find it difficult to remember information. There’s also a chance that you may begin to create false memories in order to make up for the real ones that your brain couldn’t process while sleeping.

So don’t forget to get some sleep because otherwise you may forget other things!

Increased Athleticism

Sleep provides you with the energy to run your fastest and work your hardest. It also leads to better hand-eye coordination, reaction time and muscle recovery. This means that you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete in order to benefit from this, as sleep helps with all types of physical exercise.

Overall, sleep is good not only for the body but also for the brain. There are so many benefits to getting a good nights rest, some obvious and some surprising. Keeping all of this in mind, don’t feel too guilty next time you hit the snooze button a couple times!

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