The Positive Effects of Sleep

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that sleep is beneficial for the body. After an

uninterrupted sleep session, you feel refreshed, full of energy and ready to take

on the day. The importance of sleep goes beyond boosting your mood and

energy levels. In recent years, scientists have gone to great lengths to

understand the health benefits that sleep brings. In this article we’ll be looking at

exactly how sleep enhances your health.


Better Memory

Numerous studies have shown that sleep has a positive effect on your memory

and allows the brain to become much better at remembering things.

Researchers believe this is the result of a process known as memory

consolidation whereby the brain recalls skills learned while you are awake.


Enhanced Concentration

Sleep is like nutrition for the brain. When you get enough of it, the chances of

losing concentration during the day are much less. This makes you much more

alert while you complete your daily tasks and has a direct positive impact on

your effectiveness, productivity and performance.


Faster Muscle Growth

The body releases growth hormone and builds new muscle cells while you are

sleeping. Not only does it renew and revitalize your cells, but it also repairs any

tissue damage. This is particularly beneficial if you perform weightlifting workouts,

as the intense exercises that make up these workouts tear your muscles slightly

so that they can grow back bigger and stronger. Sleep provides your body with

the platform it needs to fully repair these torn muscles and maximize your muscle

size and strength.


Increased Fat Loss

Researchers have found that getting enough sleep can help you eat less and

even accelerate the rate at which your body burns fat. Sleeping helps to

regulate the levels of ghrelin and leptin in your body – 2 hormones that control

hunger and appetite. It also stimulates the production of human growth

hormone – a hormone which supports and speeds up your body’s fat burning

processes.


Improved Physical Performance

If you’re an athlete who wants to improve your performance, getting good

quality sleep every day can help you achieve this goal. Researchers at Stanford

University ran a study on college football players who slept for at least 10 hours

daily over several weeks. They found that not only did the well-rested athletes

increase their average sprint times but also felt less tired and had more stamina

during the day.


Reduced Stress Levels

When your body is sleep deprived, it goes into stress mode. Its functions remain

on high alert which causes a spike in blood pressure and cortisol – the stress

hormone. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attacks and stroke

while being stressed has a negative impact on your mood and increase your risk

of falling into depression. By ensuring that you get enough sleep on a regular

basis, you can keep your body out of stress mode and stay in a calm, relaxed

state.


Summary

As you can see, there are so many reasons to enjoy quality sleep. So,if you’re

not currently getting at least 6 hours every night, make some changes to your

lifestyle right now, set aside the time for quality sleep and start enjoying all these

benefits.

 

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