On average, adults need 6-9 hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep is important for your overall health and wellbeing and comes with a wide range of benefits!
Benefit 1: Increased Productivity
Have you ever tried to focus at work after staying up till the early hours of the morning?
For most adults, this is extremely difficult.
An interrupted circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle) can lead to a severely unproductive day. A good sleep routine gives your body the chance to rejuvenate, ready for the next day.
Benefit 2: Aids Weight loss
If weight loss or maintenance is part of your health goal, you should consider getting a good amount of sleep.
Early to bed means fewer chances of late-night snacking.
When up late, your body produces a hormone called Ghrelin, which boosts appetite and produces less leptin, which tells your body it is full. Together, these factors make the midnight binge more likely.
Benefit 3: Boosts Immunity
Studies show that when we are sleeping, our body goes through processes of repair and rejuvenation.
Scientists are yet to find direct causation but better chances of fighting infection have been observed with higher quality sleep.
Benefit 4: Improved Mood
Hey Grouchy pants, get enough sleep last night?
Good rest contributes to our mood regulation and how we feel generally throughout the day. When your energy is high, you are more likely to feel ready to take on the day and interact with others positively.
Benefit 5: Better Concentration and Memory
This is particularly useful for those learning and/ or in education.
A good nights sleep is necessary for optimal brain function, including concentration and memory.
Before you cram, make sure you sleep.