Every day comes to an end and one step separates us from a new day: sleep. This ending is not just another way of resting and packing up some energy. Sleeping has several important benefits to be aware of.
1. Improves memory. Not having enough sleep can lead to a lack of concentration, causing eventually problems with memory. The body takes sleep as an opportunity to sort out and process the integrated information during the day, helping to form the eventual process of memory. This being said, getting enough sleep helps maximize focus and concentration.
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2. Regulates mood. Feeling moody and irritable is often related to having a bad quality of sleep, while good sleep puts people in a good mood and reduces stress and anxiety. In fact, sleep problems are almost always present in mood disorders. So for the long term, a lack of sleep can generate mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety.
3. Controls body weight. The appetite hormone increases when the body is deprived from sleep, and causes cravings for fatty and rather unhealthy food. Also, a lack of sleep slows down the body’s metabolism. It is important to consider having good sleep when trying to lose weight and keeping good health.
4. Boosts immune system. During sleep, the body produces protein molecules that help fight infections and bacterias. A lack of sleep will suppress the production of these extra molecules in the immune system, causing higher vulnerability to infections and pollutants.
5. Helps make better decisions. When trying to solve a problem, someone might hear the expression, “sleep on it.” Actually, this advice can be beneficial. Even when we are sleeping, the brain is still looking for a solution to that problem. Despite the fact that we might not always wake up with an answer, the brain will be in a better shape to solve the problem if it had a good night sleep.
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