Sleep: Why We Need It!

We’ve all heard the common line, “It’s ok, I can sleep when I die!”, but interestingly enough, sleep does a number of things for our body besides preventing us from going to that 8 a.m. class. Here are some reasons not to ditch out on everybody’s favorite hobby. SLEEP!

Improves learning and memory. Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory. Studies have shown that people who have slept after learning a task did better on tests later. So try not to pull those pre-test all nighters!

Regulates metabolism and weight. Lack of sleep may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbs, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.

Increases your mood. Sleep loss can lead to irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the activities that you usually love doing throughout the day.

Beauty sleep!  Sleep gives us that glowing complexion. Lack of sleep can cause dark circles, fine lines and, in more extreme cases, rashes and eczema. During hours of sleep, cortisol and insulin production peak so that collagen 1 production is accelerated, which gives our skin that elastic glow. Also, when skin benefits from enough sleep, products and treatments work more effectively to provide better results.

Improves cardiovascular health. Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.

Helps prevent disease. Sleep deprivation alters our immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

Make a point to turn off the tv an hour before bed and unwind, set an alarm if you have to! Plan your day accordingly so you can avoid pulling all nighters or answering business related email at 2am. Your body will thank you, we promise!

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