How much sleep do you need?
According to the National Health Service, most of us require around 8 hours sleep every night. Some of us may need more or less, but once we know how much is needed for ourselves, it’s important we aim to achieve it every night.
Here’s 9 reasons why a good night’s sleep is so important:
Sleeping less can make you gain weight. Studies have shown that people who sleep less than 7 hours a day are 30% more likely to be obese than those who sleep for 8 hours or more. This is believed to be because sleep-deprived people have lower levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and more ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone).
Sleep helps your brain to recover and revive itself, helping it to make sense of the day, storing your memories and creating new ideas.
Sleep and mood affect each other. Not getting enough sleep can take its toll on your mind and can even lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. People who don't get enough sleep might find they feel depressed, and people who are depressed may find they don't sleep well enough. And don’t we all know it when kids don’t get enough sleep, it’s harder for them to cope with their emotions (and ours!)
Sleep allows your mind to unwind and de-stress. This allows your emotional wellbeing to be restored.
5.Reducing serious health risks
Not sleeping well can have a huge effect on your health, putting you at risk of serious medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. It can even shorten your life expectancy.
6.Removing the need of caffeine
Is coffee the first thing on your mind when you wake up in the morning? A better night’s sleep can remove the reliance on caffeine to get you through the day.
Sleeping gives you energy and boosts your immune system, helping your body to recover from illness.
8.Increase your growth hormone.
According to research carried out by sleep specialist Matt Carter, sleeping can help muscle growth, bone growth and fat metabolism. Check out his insightful talk here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=894jQkeewiU
9.Being sleep deprived is not cool
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