Getting good sleep is incredibly vital for healthy living. In fact, it is actually as important as exercising and eating healthy. Unfortunately, Western environments are increasingly interfering with the natural order of sleeping patterns.
People are now sleeping less frequently than they did a couple of decades ago, and with that the quality of sleep has decreased immensely.
The following are some benefits of getting sleep and reasons why sleep is important.
Yes it’s true, research studies have linked poor sleep to weight gain. People who get less sleep tend to gain more weight than those who get adequate amounts of sleep.
In fact, poor sleep patterns are one of the largest risk factors for obesity. A review study of adults and children who got less than adequate sleep noted that 55 percent and 89 percent were more likely to experience obesity.
The effects of sleep on weight gain are believed to be influenced by a variety of factors, which include hormones and motivation to exercise.
If you want to lose some pounds, make sure you get adequate and quality sleep.
Research studies have shown that people with sleep deprivation tend to have larger appetites and for that consume more calories.
Lack of quality sleep disrupts daily fluctuations in appetite inducing hormones, and believed to be a cause of poor appetite control.
This includes significantly higher amounts of ghrelin, a hormone responsible for simulating appetite, a reduced amount of leptin, an appetite suppressant hormone.
The bottom line is that lack of adequate sleep affects appetite regulating hormones. People with adequate amounts of sleep tend to consume lesser calories that people who don’t.
Sleep is crucial for different attributes of brain function and these include concentration, cognition, performance and productivity. All of which are adversely affected by lack of sleep.
Studies conducted on medical interns provide a good example. Interns who followed traditional schedules made 36 percent more errors than those who followed schedules that allowed for more sleep.
A different study also found that reduced sleep had the potential to negatively affect certain attributes of brain function to levels similar to alcohol intoxication.
Getting good sleep on the contrary has shown to improve memory performance and enhance problem solving skills in both adults and children.
Good sleep has shown to improve athletic performance. A research study on basketball players indicated that longer sleep improved accuracy, speed, mental well-being and reaction times.
Sleep deprivation has on the other hand been associated with functional limitation and poor exercise performance, especially in older women. Poor sleep has also been shown to increase the risk of stroke and heart disease.
From this we can deduce that good sleep is an important for a person’s good health and overall well-being.