Sleep plays a major role in our overall health and well-being. Studies show that a person that does not get at least 8 hours of sleep every night is at a greater risk of developing health issues like heart problems and weight problems.
Having said that, here are some of the reasons why getting enough amount of sleep should be everyone’s priority.
- It reduces stress
Stress is something that most of us deal with and it will become worse if you are not getting the right amount of sleep. The body, when sleep deprived, is on edge and it will release stress hormones, putting you at a greater risk of developing heart problems and suffering strokes.
- Heart problems
As mentioned above, lack of sleep can cause heart problems and strokes since your blood pressure level will rise as well as your cholesterol levels. Your heart will be much more healthy if you are getting the right amount of sleep.
- Improved Memory
Getting a good quality sleep wherein you are in “a deep sleep” helps improve your memory. While your body is resting, the brain is working to make connections with what happened throughout your day.
- Lose Weight
Losing weight is a goal for almost everyone I know and what I tell them is to get the right amount of sleep, which is around 8 hours. Sleep deprivation will cause hormonal imbalance in the body that can affect your appetite. Losing weight or maintaining your weight will depend on the amount of sleep that you can get.
Depression is something that has been a lot more common in recent times and we can correlate that with people not getting enough sleep due to demanding work or school hours. Serotonin is a “happy” chemical that the brain releases when you get enough sleep. Lack of sleep will result in this chemical not being released.
- Overall well being
The body needs to repair itself after a long day of going through stress, battling the UV rays of the sun and pretty much everything that your body goes through. The only time that the body can repair itself without being interrupted is when you sleep so if you are not getting enough of it, the body will not be given the time to repair itself.
Sleep should be a priority for everyone. Everyone needs to take a break every now and then and if your work is demanding more time from you and sleep is sacrificed, you might want to think about the future repercussions of such job and if it is worth it to risk your health and well being for it.