Everyone appreciates sleep. But if that’s the case, why do we always fail to make it our top priority? Is it because we always feel we need to get something done? Or, could it be our fear of missing out on something?
Regardless of what it may be, adequate sleep is imperative to our overall health. Along with exercise, sleep can make some phenomenal advantageous changes in our lives. Unfortunately, 40% of people still sleep less than the suggested 8 hours a night.
Hopefully, these five reasons why we believe you should be getting more sleep will persuade you do change your ways if need be.
You Will Build Muscle Faster
There is a reason why so many fitness programs have rest days…BECAUSE YOUR BODY NEEDS THEM!
You don’t expect yourself to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week at your job, right? Well, your muscles can’t do that either. You need to give your body enough rest where they are able to recover to perform again and again.
Your body uses this rest period to heal any damage caused during your workouts. So, if you are deficient in the amount of sleep that you get, your muscle gain productivity may suffer too.
Prevent Headaches And Migraines
Not getting enough sleep can be a huge cause for some severe headaches and migraines. Although scientists still have some trouble identifying exactly what the cause is, it has been said that “poor sleep quality is uniquely associated with episodic migraines.
There was one study, however, which indicated that people who focused on improving their sleeping habits reduced their headache frequencies by more than 29%. Additionally, when they did experience a headache, the pain severity was cut by nearly 40% compared to when they didn’t receive as much sleep.
Sleep Helps Body Weight Issues
Believe it or not, sleep helps to regulate the hormones that revolve your overall appetite. When you do not get enough sleep, your body cannot produce the energy that it needs to use throughout the day. Thus, it relies on food to replace it as an energy source.
One study examined 500 people and their sleeping patterns for over thirteen years. During this course, scientists discovered that people who slept less than seven hours a night were 7.5 times more likely to be overweight. This was even the case after accounting for physical activity levels, family genetics, and demographic influences.
Stronger Immune System
It turns out that getting more sleep can also help boost your immune system! Studies have shown that people who get seven hours of sleep or less were three times more likely to get sick than those who got eight or more hours of sleep.
Although more research is needed to establish the accuracy of this correlation, it has been proven that sleep plays a major factor in the availability of hormones, proteins, and chemicals, which all play a vital part in our immune system.
You Will Be Happier
We’ve all experienced a sleepless night at least once throughout our lives. After one of those nights, we often feel irritated, short-tempered, and especially prone to stress.
One Harvard study even had a group of participants only sleep for 4.5 hours per night for a full week and recorded their emotions. They found that these participants reported experiencing more feelings of sadness, anger, and depression. Afterwards, participants were allowed to sleep back to their normal schedules, to which they had reported experiencing much better emotions afterwards.