Sleep, we love it

Sleep, we ALL love it. Especially when you wake up from a good night of sleep, you feel a lot better! A lot of years ago, sleep wasn’t something we should get, from the old myths, but with the time being we all seem to understand how sleep is healthy and well-being for us! In fact, when we sleep, we decrease our changes on getting deceases! So sleeping for 6 a 7 hours seems pretty good for your body!

Here 10 reasons why we actually need to sleep often! Or what it does for us.

1. Sleep keeps your heart healthy! Heart attacks and strokes are more common these days, specially in the morning hours. This is a fact that can be explained with the way sleep interacts with our blood vessels. . Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of blood pressure and cholesterol. ALL risk factors for the heart to get a heart attack, a disease or a stroke. Your heart will be healthier when you get 6 or 7 hours sleep a day.

2. Sleep MAY prevent cancer. People who work late each day have a higher risk to get cancer, I don’t know if I should believe this though but I will tell something about it anyway. Specially breast and colon cancer is what people can get. Researches believe this link is caused by different levels of melatodin, a hormone that both makes us sleepy and is thought to protect against cancer. Melatonin appears to suppress the growth of tumors. Be sure that your bedroom is dark to help your body produce the melatonin it needs.

3. Sleep reduces stress. I agree on this one, sleeping is very good for your body. When your body is sleep deficient, it goes into a state of stress. The body’s functions are put on high alert which causes an increase in blood pressure and a production of stress hormones. Higher blood pressure increases your risk for heart attacks and strokes. The stress hormones also, unfortunately, make it harder for you to sleep

4. Sleep Reduces Inflammation. The increase in stress hormones raises the level of inflammation in your body, also creating more risk for heart-related conditions, as well as cancer and diabetes. Inflammation is thought to one of the causes of the deterioration of your body as you age. Inflammation is an immune reaction on a cellular level to an irritant. Inflammation can show up on our sking in the form of puffiness, wrinkles, enlarged pores, sagging, blotchiness, and reddening of the skin.

5. Sleep makes you more alert! Of course, a good night’s sleep makes you feel energized and alert the next day. Being engaged and active not only feels great, it increases your chances for another good night’s sleep. When you wake up feeling refreshed, use that energy to get out into the daylight, do active things, and be engaged in your world. You’ll sleep better the next night and increase your daily energy level.

6. Sleep bolsters your memory. Researchers do not fully understand why we sleep and dream. But a process called memory consolidation occurs during sleep. Your body is resting but your mind is still working his fullest. Sleep gives your brain a time to connect all these things together. It will help you remind things better.

7. Sleep MAY help you loose weight. Researchers have also found that people who sleep less than seven hours per night are more likely to be overweight or obese. It is thought that the lack of sleep impacts the balance of hormones in the body that affect appetite. The hormones ghrelin and leptin, important for the regulation of appetite, have been found to be disrupted by lack of sleep. So be sure to get some good night sleep!

8. Naps make you smarter. I don’t know, never took naps only in my younger years I slept more then 1 time a day. It’s not only effective and refreshing, it can also protect your health and make you more productive. Napping is also very good from stress releave and for your heart. So if you can take a nap, take one!

9. Sleep may reduce your risk for depression. leep impacts many of the chemicals in your body, including serotonin. People with a deficiency in serotonin are more likely to suffer from depression. You can help to prevent depression by making sure you are getting the right amount of sleep, between 7 and 9 hours each night.

10. Sleep helps the body to repair. This is a very very important point for us all. If we don’t sleep our body can’t repair, it can’t get your stress away or let you be calm for just a second. Your cells make more protein when you are asleep, they are there to repair any damage you got through the day, even for UV light.

Do you still think sleeping is just a waste of time? Or do you consider that three hours of sleep is NEVER long enough for your body to repair?

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~ by beautyisus on October 6, 2011.

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