Sleep Your Way to Better Health

Wellness, Health and Healthy Sleep Habits

There’s no better time to reflect on our sleeping habits and patterns than National Sleep Awareness Week.  While a good night’s sleep will help you to feel rested and rejuvenated, a peaceful slumber can also improve your mind, skin, heart, weight and more. Below are some of top benefits:

Improves memory

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep actually triggers changes in the brain that solidify memories, strengthening connections between brain cells and transferring information from one region to another.

Enhances focus

Before you stay up late to watch one more episode of House of Cards, remember that you are missing out on crucial shut-eye that will allow you to be more productive at work or school the following day. A recent study found that lack of sleep definitely impacts your productivity the next day. In fact, two consecutive nights of less than six hours could leave you feeling fatigued for nearly a week.

Aids in maintaining a healthy weight

While you are asleep, natural growth hormones are released into the blood, which stimulate regeneration and recovery. These hormones allow you to build and retain muscle while also helping to boost your metabolism. When you have a higher metabolism, you burn energy more quickly and therefore, lose more weight.

Revitalizes skin

Sleep is key to rebalancing the moisture in your body. Without adequate rest, you are more likely to find pesky under-eye circles or puffiness around the eyes as well as dry skin all over. Sleeping well also aids in collagen production, which allows the skin to repair itself and prevent wrinkles.

Boosts your mood

Ever wonder why you’re so irritable? It could be because you are sleep deprived. Those who don’t get enough each night are more susceptible to feeling angry, hostile and depressed. Simply put, by getting the recommended 7-9 hours of slumber per night, you should feel happier, empathetic, friendly and positive.

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