Sleeping for your health
We are all busy people. It would be nice to have a few more hours in a day. Unfortunately, many of us try to steal those extra hours from our sleep schedules. While we might be able to check a few more things off that never ending list, getting enough sleep is key to a healthy lifestyle.
Sleep has many benefits, including:
Your brain uses sleep time to process your day. It makes links and connections while consolidating and storing memories away.
A healthy heart
Lack of sleep has been associated with higher blood pressure and cholesterol. Lack of sleep has also been associated with higher levels of stress. These factors put you at risk for heart disease and stroke.
When you get enough sleep, you are better able to recall those memories that your brain stored away. You also have increased alertness. This alertness helps you make better decisions and prevents injury. As a bonus, you are more creative when you get enough sleep.
Lack of sleep increases appetite and lowers your energy. Having less energy might make you more likely to over indulge. Being overtired might also make you less motivated to work out.
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