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Even though your kids might fight sleep now, soon they will come to appreciate how sleep is a chance to recover from the effects of a long day, and recharge to face tomorrow’s challenges. In fact, sleep actually has more than a few health benefits for people of all ages, that you might want to consider easing up on those all nighters. There are many reasons why we don’t get enough sleep, whether that’s complaints about the mattress, our lifestyle, or simply using electronic devices too late at night. But once you read this list, you might reconsider the way you prepare your mind and body for a good night’s sleep.
Aids Weight Loss
Whilst this sounds too good to be true, a proper night’s sleep can help you lose weight. Getting a full night’s rest 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 tyre, but will help you slim down, as long as you take other steps to lose weight.
Some forms of cancer, such as colorectal cancer, are becoming more common in people under 50 because of the lifestyles most young people lead; sedentary lifestyles, high-fat and low-fiber diets, and not enough exercise could increase your chances of needing colorectal cancer treatments one day. Regardless, a few lifestyle changes could also help you fight this cancer, including getting enough sleep. When we sleep, our bodies releases cortisol and melatonin. Cortisol helps to regulate immune system activity — including the release of certain “natural killer” cells that help the body battle cancer. Melatonin may have antioxidant properties that help prevent damage to cells that can lead to cancer. Without these two hormones, we are at higher risk of developing cancer. Women in particular are at risk of developing breast cancer without cortisol.
Did you know that your memory is tied in to 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.
You might have just linked your bad moods and high agitation with too little sleep, but it goes deeper than mere crankiness. 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.