It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. From Boosting your mood to reducing under eye circles, here is why you should strive for a full 8 hours.
We all known how important enough sleep is to our well being, but leading busy, stressful lives often outs getting a full 8 hours on the backburner.
However, getting enough sleep is vital to keeping our bodies and minds functioning optimally, and can even haven help protect us against chronic illness and disease.
Here are 6 reason why you should prioritize restful sleep.
Strengthens Your Immune System
Now is the time to prioritize health, namely your immune function. Getting enough sleep has been scientifically proven to improve your body’s ability to fight to flight off infection, and a lack of it is closely linked to several common illness. Ensuring a full eight hours of sleep per night will help you stay disease – free and improve health in the long term.
Maintains Your Weight
Have you ever felt hangry? Sleep deprivation disrupts your hunger hormones, and can cause you to overeat or crave unhealthy foods like sugar or refined carbs. Staying well rested helps balance these hormones, keeping your appetite regular and maintaining your weight.
Improves Mental Health
While mental illness are not directly caused by poor sleep, those who deal with anxiety and depression are more likely to have sleep problems that those who don’t. Treating sleeping disorders can alleviate symptoms of mental illness, as sleep deprivation can weak havoc on the brain.
Boosts Your Mood
Even if you don’t dream (or more likely don’t remember your dreams) that doesn’t mean your brain isn’t working as you sleep. As you slumber, your mind processes the memories of the day, and if you miss out an precious hours of sleep, you might forget things more easily or even create false memories.
Improves Your Appearance
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. While a busy life might not allow for a full 8 hours, imagine the time you’ll save of you don’t have to spend time in the morning concealing, brightening, and otherwise making yourself ‘look awake’ for morning meetings.