January 11th 2016

Without sleep it would be hard to function and deal with everyday, ordinary tasks. It would also affect our memory and stress levels.

    1. Keeps your heart rate healthy –

Sleeping between 7 and 9 hours each night will keep you healthier and lesson your chance of having a heart attack or a stroke.

    2. Reduces stress –

Lack of sleep causes an increase in stress hormones. This then causes high blood pressure which is associated with heart attacks and strokes. Also, when you are more stressed this also makes it harder for you to sleep.

    3. Reduces Inflammation –

When you are stressed the hormones increase the levels of inflammation in your body. This also creates more of a risk for heart-related issues.

    4. Makes you more alert –

When you are active and engaged it increases your chances of having a good nights sleep. You can also increase your daily energy level.

    5. Bolsters your memory –

Whilst we’re sleeping and dreaming our brains are busy processing our days.  Sleeping helps create memories and links.

    6. May help you lose weight –

Researchers have found that people who sleep less at night are more likely to be obese or overweight.  The less sleep you have affects your hormones that control your appetite. So, if you are interested in losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight then don’t forget to have a good night’s sleep.

    7. Naps make you smarter –

Napping is a effective and refreshing alternative to caffeine. It can also boost your health and increase your productivity.

    8. Reduce your risk for depression –

Sleep impacts the many different chemicals in your body, including serotonin. People with less serotonin are more likely to suffer from depression. Making sure you get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night will help prevent depression.

    9. Helps the body make repairs –

Whilst you sleep your body repairs any damage that is caused by stress, ultraviolet or other harmful exposures. Whilst you sleep your body creates more protein, these protein molecules form the building blocks for cells, allowing them to repair damage.