A good night’s sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising.
Studies show people are sleeping less than they did in the past, and their quality of sleep has also declined.
Healthline outlined these 10 reasons why good sleep is important to your health:
1. Poor sleep can make you gain weight
There is a strong link between poor sleep and weight gain. In fact, researchers found that short sleep duration is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity.
The effect of sleep on weight gain is believed to be the result of numerous factors, including motivation to exercise.
2. Good sleepers tend to eat fewer calories
Studies show that sleep-deprived individuals have a bigger appetite and tend to consume more calories. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your daily fluctuations in appetite hormones are disrupted.
3. Good sleep can maximize athletic performance
Longer sleep has been shown to improve many aspects of athletic and physical performance. You can improve your speed, accuracy and reaction times by making sure you get enough rest before physical activity.
4. Lack of sleep can lower productivity
Sleep is important for various aspects of brain function, according to Healthline. Good sleep has been shown to improve concentration, productivity and performance.
5. Sleep impacts your immune function
A two-week study monitored the development of the common cold after giving people nasal drops with the cold virus. Those who slept less than seven hours were almost three times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept eight hours or more.
Getting enough rest can improve your immune function and help fight the common cold!
Good sleep is key to maintaining good overall health, so feel your best by ensuring you get enough rest every day.
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