We all need different amounts of sleep. The average person needs eight hours of sleep a night to be fully rested, but there are some who can feel fully rested after just six. However your body works, though, there’s nothing worse than having a bad night’s sleep and spending the next day yawning and trying to get an early night to play catch-up.
There are many reasons why we don’t get enough sleep, whether that’s complaints about the mattress, lifestyle, or simply using electronic devices too late at night. Sleeping is one of the most important tasks that we do in our days, as there are plenty of health benefits to getting enough shut-eye. That said, it’s worth getting a good night’s sleep for all the benefits it brings.
Did you know that your memory is tied into how much sleep you get? Not a lot of people do. Put simply, sleeping, and dreaming, is the time in which your brain puts your thoughts and experiences into the right ‘boxes’ so that they can be easily accessed. So, if you’re trying to learn something new, such as a foreign language, or information for a test, getting a good night’s sleep can help you retain that information.
It’s distracting, having to yawn all the time, and tiredness plays a strong part in maintaining your attention span. This has wide implications, as 24% of workplace accidents can be traced back to tiredness, as we fail to notice hazards when we are tired.
Many writers and artists have got their best ideas from dreams, such as Mary Shelley, and Salvador Dali. But the link goes deeper than that, as when the brain is in the REM phase, which is when you dream, the brain can work creatively on the problems that you may otherwise struggle with.
Aids Weight Loss
A proper night’s sleep can help you lose weight. Whilst this sounds too good to be true, being fully rested resulted in dieters losing 56% more fat than those who were sleep deprived, according to a study at the University of Chicago. This is due both to lifestyle and the brain’s chemistry. The hormones in the blood spike when you are tired, which stimulates the appetite, even when the body is not necessarily hungry. Sleeping enough will not be a miracle cure for your spare tire, but will help you slim down, as long as you take other steps to lose weight.
Finally, a full night’s sleep can help you ward off depression. There is a link between tiredness and anxiety levels, as emotional stability is improved when you are fully rested. Studies have shown a link between insomnia and depression, as the brain requires plenty of rest to be able to manage emotions correctly.
Sleeping is too important to miss out on. No matter how busy you are, it’s worth trying to rearrange your days so that you can give yourself enough sleep to properly function.