What if I tell you that not only nutritious food and workout is essential to live a healthy life but you also need to sleep. It is very important to sleep adequately every night, to have a healthy life ahead.
Though sleeping hour needs vary from person to person and even depends on your age. In general, adults require 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Lack of proper sleep can lead to various health related risk. To add, lack of sleep at night can make you cranky and annoyed the next day.
Unfortunately, many of us have bad sleeping habit. It adversely impacts your mood, health and productivity. You may even say that 4-5 hours of sleep is adequate for you, but it will not be true for long time.
Sleep plays vital role in development and growth of your body. Here, are some benefits of sleep-
- Enhances productivity and concentration
- Promotes mental well-being
- Improves immunity
- Reduces inflammation
- Boosts up mood
- Improves heart health
1. Enhances productivity and concentration- Poor sleep can negatively affect your cognition, concentration, productivity and performance. Studies suggested that sleep deprivation can adversely affect academic performance of children and adults. Good sleep has power to improve problem solving skills and enhance memory.
2. Promotes mental well-being- Depression and inadequate sleep are closely linked. People with sleeping disorder or poor quality sleep have high risk of developing depression than people with good sleeping habit. Even sleeping more than required is a sign of depression. Try to improve and regulate your sleeping schedule.
3. Improves immunity- Inadequate sleep may impair your immunity system. Sleep helps the body repair, regenerate and recover. Improper sleep schedule changes the way your immune cells work. Adequate sleep can help your body fight off infections.
4. Reduces inflammation- Inadequate or disturbed sleep activates inflammatory signaling pathways. Some study suggested that there is a link between sleep deprivation and inflammatory bowel diseases that adversely affects your gastrointestinal tract.
5. Boosts up mood- Inadequate sleep reduce your ability to regulate emotions and interact socially. Sleeping may help you in improving your relations with others and help you become more social. Chronic lack of sleep may lead to mood disorder or depression.
6. Improves heart health- While asleep, your blood pressure drops, which relaxes your heart and blood vessels. Lack of sleep can lead to high blood pressure and other heart diseases. Even excessive sleep may also increase chance of heart diseases.