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The Importance of Sleep for Your Health

23rd August 2021 By David Soffer

Sleep is essential for humans to maintain optimum health and well-being. Sleep is crucial in staying healthy and energised. Researchers state that sleep is as important as regular exercise and consuming a healthy, balanced diet. There are many benefits to a good night sleep that more people up and down the country should enjoy and seize the benefits of. Also to be considered are the benefits of investing in your sleep. For example, by buying the best quality mattress you can or by buying higher quality bedding like a Hungarian goose down duvet or perhaps even just purchasing some blackout blinds for the bedroom.

Improved Concentration And Productivity

Researchers have found that sleep had positive links to concentration, productivity and cognition. A study conducted in 2015 showed that children’s sleep patterns had a direct impact on their academic performance and behaviour.

Good Sleep Can Boost Your Immune System

When you’re sleeping, your immune cells and proteins can get the rest they desperately need to fight off potential threats to your body. Research also suggests that proper sleep can help with the effectiveness of vaccines, something that is at the forefront of people’s minds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sleeping Can Strengthen Your Heart

High blood pressure and heart attacks have been linked to not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause your body to release a stress hormone called cortisol. This hormone triggers your heart to work harder. Similarly to your immune system, the heart needs rest to function nominally.

Improving Your Mood

If you get a good night’s sleep you wake up feeling rested. As such, your energy levels soar making your reactions to challenging situations more favourable. When you’re not annoyed by life’s little obstacles you end up feeling happier overall. Although many younger people, particularly at the start of their careers tend to sleep a little less and play a little bit harder, particularly with the increases in shared workspaces offering after work drinks and co-living spaces in the UK  creating a comfortable balance between business and pleasure, sleeping more at any age is almost certain to help your health, mental health and overall work and career productivity.

Not Enough Sleep Could Be Dangerous

A study conducted for Traffic Safety showed that you are twice as likely to get into a car accident when you’re driving on six to seven hours sleep compared to getting behind the wheel with a full eight hours under your belt. Sleeping less than five hours and the chances of a crash quadruple. This is due to your reaction times being slower, as your brain isn’t fully rested.

Better Exercise Performance

Sleep has been recorded to improve your hand-eye coordination, reaction times and muscle recovery. As well as this, by not allowing your muscles the time to rest you will have a depleted amount of strength and power to use when working out.

Improved Memory

While your body rests overnight, your brain is still working hard. It is processing and consolidating all the memories from that day. If you don’t allow the brain the time to do this, those memories won’t be stored correctly, if at all.

People with poor sleep tend to be heavier, eat more, have a higher BMI and have a higher risk of being diabetic. A good sleeping pattern can help make you more alert throughout the day, perform tasks to a higher level and improve how you feel mentally. Getting into a secure sleeping routine can have a massive impact on how you get through each day. Aiming to achieve seven to eight hours of sleep a night will allow you to reap all of the rich benefits it can give you, for both your body and your mind.