So many things to do, so little time – with our increasingly packed schedule and busy lifestyle, sleeping can feel like a waste of time. Cutting down hours of slumber, however, can put your health at risk and do some damages before you realise it. Here are a few reasons you should avoid deprivation and sleep more – we all need it, anyway.
Just had a heavy workout session? Sleep helps your body recover more quickly and improve your endurance. When you’re sleeping, your body can use the energy to take care of the problems within – for example, releasing more hormones to encourage tissue growth and blood vessels reparation, soothe sore muscles, relax your heart and lower blood pressure, produce white blood cells to fight viruses and bacteria, and more. It regulates your body functions and maintain your immunity system.
Sleep Can Improve Your Diet
The more sleep deprived you are, the more likely is your diet going to get worse. Sleep helps keep the balance of the hormones that are responsible for making you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). Lack of sleep can increase the level of ghrelin, insulin resistance and blood sugar, resulting in you feeling hungrier than if you are well-rested. Sleep deprivation has also been associated with compulsive decision-making, lower self-control and increased preference for high-calorie, high-fat food – so if you’re looking to lose weight, sleeping is more essential than ever.
Sleep Boosts Your Productivity
You may know this already – when you’re drowsy, your performance in learning, driving, completing tasks and more will be affected negatively. Studies show that lack of sleep harms your driving capability as much as, or even worse than being drunk. Sleeping helps support healthy brain function and physical fitness.
So, are you getting more zzz’s tonight?