Getting enough sleep is crucial to productivity, mindset, and daily life, which Huffington Post explores by discussing six major benefits of adequate sleep.
- Sleep fights off colds.
- Multiple studies show that people who sleep five or less hours a night are more likely to develop a cold or other illness than those who got more sleep – ideally, eight or more hours.
- Sleep improves exercise.
- Sleep and exercise mutually benefit one another. More sleep leads to better exercise and better exercise leads to better sleep. Studies have found that performance decreases and recovery time increases in athletes who are sleep-deprived.
- Sleep keeps your appetite hormones in check.
- Hunger hormones – ghrelin, leptin, and insulin –are continuously active within our bodies. These hormones do not operate the same when we aren’t getting adequate sleep. We tend to feel hungrier and, since we’re both sleep-deprived and hungry, are more likely to seek out unhealthy “comfort” food options.
- Sleep helps prevent migraines.
- Multiples studies have shown that sleep alleviates migraines. One South Korean study denotes sleep deprivation, fatigue, and stress as the top three triggers for migraines.
- Sleep enhances blood sugar control.
- Research has found that sleep deprivation disrupts the body’s ability to process insulin and can lead to pre-diabetic conditions and high blood sugar.
Adequate sleep is an important part of life that benefits our lives long-term and in the day-to-day. If you are experiencing sleep deprivation due to insomnia, anxiety, stress, or any other condition, please talk to your doctor.