Benefits of Sleep

All you need to do to realize there are many benefits of sleep is to get too little sleep for a couple of nights in a row. All new parents can tell you that there are many benefits of sleep, some of which we take for granted!

Actually, you can die from sleep deprivation sooner than you can die from lack of food! In about ten days of total sleep deprivation, your body will just start shutting down. So, one of the benefits of sleep is just that it keeps you alive! But, of course, there’s a reason behind this benefit. Sleep actually does many things in the body. Here are just a few of the benefits of sleep you should know.

Cellular Repair

One of the first things to go in people who don’t get enough sleep chronically is their immune system. This is because one of the benefits of sleep is that it repairs your body at the cellular level and helps boost your immune system. If you don’t get enough rest and sleep, your body won’t be able to keep up with the daily damage you inflict on it without even knowing you’re doing it, so lack of sleep can definitely lead to a breakdown in health.

Hormone Balancing

There are tons of studies that show balanced hormones are one of the benefits of sleep. Sleep is particularly important for keeping hormones that control appetite in check. These hormones are essential for helping you eat the right foods, control your weight, and eat at the right time. People who lack sleep are more likely to skip breakfast and to crave a pick-me-up from unhealthy carbohydrates in the afternoon, which leads to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, and all sorts of problems!

Brain Boost

One of the benefits of sleep is that it helps your brain function normally. In fact, we’re certain that dreams have an effect on the normal functioning of the brain, although the jury’s still out on what the exact function of dreams is. Regardless, sleep is definitely a time when your brain is processing and storing information it’s gathered throughout the day, and with lack of sleep comes many memory problems and other mental issues.

Stress Reduction

People who are stressed get less sleep, but people who get less sleep are stressed. It’s a “which came first” sort of situation that science is still working on figuring out. One of the benefits of sleep is that it can certainly alleviate mental and physical markers of stress. Physically, sleep can tamp down inflammation and other stress markers in the body that can cause permanent damage. Mentally, sleep is important for brain health and the healing or prevention of mood disorders. Of course, for a lucid dreamer, one of the benefits of sleep is that you can intentionally reduce stress by taking a mental vacation for the night!

Get All the Benefits of Sleep with Sleep Well and Tight

Sleep Well and Tight is a great book that can help you figure out how to get the benefits of sleep by sleeping more, sleeping better, or combatting sleep problems like insomnia. I like this book because it can give you the skinny on things like natural remedies for sleeplessness, but it also gives information on medication that can help you sleep and the effects it might have on your body. The book also helps you figure out how to get better quality sleep, which is important for some people who are getting enough sleep theoretically but are still waking up tired.

If you want to get all the benefits of sleep starting now, I certainly suggest checking out Sleep Well and Tight to get the best suggestions on how to get better sleep.

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