We have all heard people say ” I can get away with just 4 hours sleep each night”. But is that really true, and what damage is that doing to the persons body and mind.
Here is a list of the benefits of a good nights sleep, and also a video by Dr Oz, a renowned heart specialist, who tells us his thoughts on the importance of a good nights sleep.
It may surprise you to learn that just 1 hours of extra sleep per night has massive benefits to your health. Factors such as weight, sex drive and concentration can all be effected.
Below are some positive effects from getting an early night.
1. Pain relief.
In some recent studies, it has been found that patients that are able to sleep well while in pain, and pain can be a major reason for not sleeping well, but those that do are better able to control and limit pain from injury or disease.
2. Sex Life.
It is not a surprise that a lack of libido follows when one or more partner is over tired. Testosterone levels in men have also been shown to suffer after a lack of sleep. So be warned.
3. Health benefits
Heart disease has been shown to be linked to sleep deprivation, as has blood glucose levels, which are known to be a problem for shift workers and people with an interrupted sleep pattern.
4. Clear Mind
We have probably all woken after a poor nights sleep feeling woozy and fuzzy. People with poor sleep tend to have problems concentrating and are more confused.
5. Body Weight.
Quite simply, a tired person has less energy to exercise, and so gains weight. There are other hormonal reasons too, but this is an obvious problem for many people.
When people don’t sleep they are more likely to be in a less than perfect mood, or suffer from mood swings.
7. Improved Memory
It is well known that people who don’t sleep well are more likely to be forgetful and have problems remebering. The brain processes the days events while you sleep, and this can be compromised without enough sleep.
It has been found that people that sleep less that eight hours each night were 3 times more likely to get ill than people with 8 hours or more of sleep each night. Sleep is a big factor in strengthening your immune system.
So there you have it. Get a good nights sleep. Turn off the computer at least 1 hour before going to bed. Sleep in a quiet dark room, avoid alcohol, and reap the benefits of a regular good nights sleep.