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How Important is Sleep for a Healthy Mind and Body

Who doesn’t like sleeping? It makes you feel better and refreshes you after a tiring day. But, did you know that the benefits of sleep go beyond just making you feel better and keeping the under eye dark circles away? Having adequate sleep is actually beneficial and much needed to have a healthy mind and body. It is also a key part of a healthy lifestyle. It is essential for a healthy mind, healthy heart, healthy weight and much more.

Here are some important health benefits of adequate sleep.

1.    It Improves Memory

Do you know that your mind is surprisingly very busy when your snooze? A good sleep can help on strengthening your memory and can actually help you when you with the skills you learned while being awake. This makes your memory sharp and helps you in remembering things more than the ones who do not take adequate sleep.

 2.    Curb Inflammation

People who get insufficient sleep tend to be at a greater risk of inflammation. Inflammation is linked to diabetes, heart diseases, arthritis, stroke and also premature aging. With less than 6 hours of sleep, the level of inflammatory proteins in your blood becomes higher and thus leads to greater risk of the above mentioned conditions.

3.    Lowers Stress

Insufficient sleep and high levels of stress both are known to affect your cardiovascular health. With sufficient sleep, you can keep your stress levels under control, which leads to better mental health, and lower risk of diseases associated with the high stress levels.

4.    Lowers the Risk of Accidents

Research shows that lack of sleep or problems in sleeping can lead to more injuries and accidents on the workplace. If you get sufficient sleep at night, you will be at a much lesser risk of ending up into accidents because sleep helps make your attention better. It also makes your mind and body relaxed which makes it easier for you to concentrate on the job at hand.

5.    It Keeps You Healthy

Healthy sleep can actually help you in keeping your appetite and food intake under control. If you stay awake for long periods of time, you are more likely to have increase appetite and hunger and this will make you gain weight quickly. Therefore, it is necessary to take full hours of sleep if you want to remain healthy and want to avoid the risk of becoming obese.

6.    It Keeps You Young and Fresh

Lack of adequate sleep can make you age fast. When you are awake for a long time, you tend to run on the stress hormone, cortisol. Excessive amount of cortisol in your blood breaks down collagen, the substance that keeps the skin cells glued together. This leads to fine lines, wrinkles and poor tone, all leading to early aging.

While there is no hard and fast rule, but to remain healthy, you should sleep for about 6-8 hours every day. Once you make it your habit, you will notice improvements in your mental and physical health yourself.