“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” Thomas Dekker
In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we tend to forget about one very vital ingredient to a healthy life and that is sleep. We give ample importance to our job, entertainment, family and friends but we forget about underlying factors that keep us healthy and active to perform our daily duties.
Do you suffer from sleepless nights or sleep difficulties? An occasional spell of insomnia is generally nothing to worry about. The bigger concern is chronic sleep loss which can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decrease in the immune system’s power, reports the Harvard Women’s Health Watch.
According to Health.com, following are few health benefits that researchers have discovered about a good night’s sleep:
Improves memory: During sleep you can strengthen memories or practice skills learned while you were awake. If you’re trying to learn something new, whether it’s French or a new sports, you’ll surely perform better after sleeping.
Controls inflammation: Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get less sleep. i.e. six or fewer hours a night, possess higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.
Stimulates creativity: Researchers at Harvard University and Boston College found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a memory during sleep, which may help spur the creative process. No matter if you are a student or a professional, one of the key factors to your creativity is good sleep.
Improves metabolism: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
Reduces stress: Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do. Good night sleep makes you relaxed and reduces stress level. It also curbs mood disorder and depression.
Life has become too competitive. Late night entertainment, eleventh hour studies, hangout with friends, finishing office projects etc. all is important. Sure, we all live a very busy life but it is vital that we prioritize our tasks and manage our time in a way that we do not compromise on the essential requirements to stay active. Stop taking caffeine to keep you arouse till late nights and start living a healthy and active life by sleeping well. Stay Active!