The Least Known and Most Important Benefits of Sleep: A Psychologist’s Playbook

The Least Known and Most Important Benefits of Sleep

by asaismp

Keywords: sleep benefits mental health, sleep benefits for the body, sleep benefits and recommended amount

 

 

Introduction

From  your childhood,  you had been listening to your  elders saying 

“go to bed  early”  or

  “sleep early  if  u  have  a  big day”. 

 

This was because they knew about the least known benefits of sleep,  we all are unaware of in this era.  It’s  become  a  trend  to  be  a  night  owl  without  even  realizing  how  it  is  destroying  your mental and physical health.(1)

According to scientists, a new revolutionary treatment has been discovered that can increase your life span. It benefits your mental health, by enhancing memory and also benefits your body, making you look attractive and healthy. It prevents illnesses like cancer and dementia, heart attacks, strokes, not forgetting diabetes. It was not from any new tincture, but just a full night’s sleep can help you gain all these benefits. (2)

 

Sleep Enhance Our Mental Health:

There are a lot of functions in your brain that depend upon the sleep cycle. Sleep enhances your memorizing power and helps you learn more effectively. According to the study, it is crucial for our brain to stop working in order to connect the memories and save them.

Not only this but sleep contributes to the relaxation of your mind. It helps you to avoid stress, anxiety, and depression.

 

Sleep Reduces Weight Gain:

If you try to be awake for a night, you would feel hungrier than usual. Sleep-deprived makes you gain more weight by binge eating. A study at the University of Chicago provide results that those who slept well shed more weight and built muscle. Those who had less sleep lost greater muscle mass and were hungrier while losing weight.

 

 

“TIRED MINDS DON’T DO WELL. SLEEP FIRST, PLAN LATER.”

WALTER REISCH

 

Other Benefits of Sleep to Your Body:

There are a lot of hormones released during our sleep. (4) One of them, Melatonin, controls our sleep patterns and makes us sleepy. The pituitary gland releases growth hormone while you sleep at night and help your body grow healthier.

“Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood,” says Dr. Merrill Mitler, a sleep expert and neuroscientist at NIH. (5)

Amount of Sleep Required:

Most individuals require 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, while some may require as little as 6 hours or as much as 10 hours. Adults aged 65 and up require 7-8 hours of sleep per day. During the first three months of pregnancy, women frequently require more sleep than usual. (6)

We have started to engage our nights in parties or doing jobs at odd times, not realizing the harm done to our brains in a terrible manner. Proper sleep could benefit you in the least way you imagine

REFERENCES:

  • 10 Hidden Health Benefits of Sleep You Didn’t Know About. (n.d.). Sleepbear. Retrieved May 13, 2022, from https://www.sleepbear.co.uk/10-hidden-health-benefits-sleep-didnt-know/
  • Walker, M. (2018). Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams. Penguin Books.
  • Sample, I. (2016, August 23). Sleep ‘resets’ brain connections crucial for memory and learning, study reveals. The Guardian. Retrieved May 13, 2022, from https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/23/sleep-resets-brain-connections-crucial-for-memory-and-learning-study-reveals
  • Abbott, J. (2015, September 9). Chemical messengers: how hormones help us sleep. The Conversation. Retrieved May 13, 2022, from https://theconversation.com/chemical-messengers-how-hormones-help-us-sleep-44983
  • The Benefits of Slumber. (n.d.). NIH News in Health. Retrieved May 14, 2022, from https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2013/04/benefits-slumber
  • How Much Sleep Do We Really Need? (2022, April 13). Sleep Foundation. Retrieved May 13, 2022, from https://www.sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need
  • Sleep loss limits fat loss, study finds. (2010, October 4). University of Chicago News. Retrieved May 14, 2022, from https://news.uchicago.edu/story/sleep-loss-limits-fat-loss-study-finds

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