5 Reasons to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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A good night’s sleep makes you feel better and gives you the energy you need to face the world, while lack of sleep can make you moody, impatient, and unable to concentrate.

There are many benefits to getting a good night’s sleep: 

  1. Improves your emotional health
    Getting a good night’s sleep will help you better cope with stress without cigarettes, mindless munching, alcohol, or other drugs.

  2. Improves your physical health and mental sharpness
    Getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep can help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease and strengthens your immune system. Sleep also improves your ability to think clearly and make good decisions.

  3. Improves hormone and energy regulation
    Ever notice how much more tempting those chocolate chip cookies are when you are sleep-deprived? Getting a good night’s sleep may help to control weight gain by keeping hormones and metabolism in check.

  4. Helps you to avoid injuries and accidents
    When we’re tired, we’re mentally and physically fatigued, slowing down our reaction times. This can make us more prone to accidents like tripping or making bad decisions behind the wheel.

  5. Slows the aging process
    When you sleep, your body has a chance to rest and restore which is important for feeling and looking younger.

Sleep recommendations vary across a person’s lifetime. Most adults should aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. If you are meeting the sleep recommendations on a regular basis, keep up the good sleep habits!

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