Health Benefits of Sleep

After a good night’s rest, sleeping does not only boost your mood or banish those under-eye circles, but improves your overall health and well-being as well. Adequate sleep plays a vital role in leading a healthy lifestyle, which benefits your heart, weight and mind. Non-rapid eye movement (REM) sleep refers to your physically restorative sleep, and your rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is your mentally restorative sleep that helps your memory.


Lower stress

With more sleep, it helps reduce the level of stress and people can have better control over their blood pressure. Dr Raymonde Jean, MD, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, said, “It’s also believed that sleep affects cholesterol levels, which plays a significant role in heart disease.” Sleeping reduces the occurrences of heart problems among people of older ages.


Healthy weight

Apart from eating healthy foods, having a well rested body and mind can lead to healthier weight as well. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat, than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass instead. Regardless, they lost similar amounts of total weight. Dieters also felt more hungry when they got less sleep. Dr Rapoport, an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center, said, “Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite.”


Improve memory

While you’re asleep, the mind consolidates information that was received when you were awake, thereby strengthening memories. Dr Rapoport said, “If you are trying to learn something, whether it’s physical or mental, you learn it to a certain point with practice. But something happens while you sleep that makes you learn it better.” Apart from consolidating memories, your brain reorganizes and restructures them, which can result in higher levels of creativity. Researchers at Harvard University and Boston College found that people appear to be able to strength emotional components of memories during sleep, which helps spurs creativity. Cultivating innovative minds can then be enhanced with sleep.


Get more sleep on a daily basis, and be on your way to improving your physical and mental health.


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