Sleep has many benefits for your health. The most important benefits of a continuous sleep, about 7-9 hours every night, I will name down below.
Good sleep promotes a better sex life
Sex is a topic that many people avoid to discuss in public. According to a study by University of Chicago, found “men who slept less than 5 hours a night for one week had lower levels of testosterone compared to men who get 7-9 hours,” Corser says. One week of sleep deprivation dropped T levels down to 10-15 percent.
Why this is important? “Testosterone is critical for building strength, muscle mass, bone density, and low levels are associated with reduced sense of well-being, decreased vigor, mood, and libido,” Corser explains. Testosterone is the hormone most closely linked to libido, too. Men who sleep 4 hours nightly have morning T levels of 200-300 compared to men who sleep 8 hours a night who have levels of 500-700. Supposing, you will be a terrible sex partner. You will become eventually suffering from social rejection and isolation. Not forgetting the low self-esteem problem. So: Get a good nap.
Sleep Makes You Smarter
When you sleep, your brain put aside all the old memories creating space for new ones. Additionally, your brain carries out complicated stimuli as long as you’re in the REM stage of sleep. This stimulus is utilized the next day to make complex judgments and makes you smart enough to manage challenging tasks.
It’s not only this; you brain also “dreams” more when you sleep. These dreams are either a repetition of your day’s activities or an explanation of hidden ideas you’ve been triggering.
For instance, when you keep thinking about a particular business attempt, you provoke your brain to do more research. When it has full of the research, it will “download” all these data in your dreams.
These dreams can become true if you are able to remember what you dreamt and put it into action. That’s how strong your brain becomes when you sleep well.
Good Sleep keeps you healthy.
After a good sleep, extremely important hormones are releasing from your body which are important in keeping your body functions in optical levels. Cortisol is one of them, the hormone that regulates blood glucose.
According to various research data, poor sleep puts you at a higher risk of suffering from conditions such as diabetes.
Additionally, inadequate sleep puts you at a risk of blood pressure and heart attack. The reason is that when you sleep, your heart works at equable rate. All your body energy is reestablished and used by the heart to send more blood to your body cells. Therefore, when you wake up, you’ll have adequate glucose held for future use for your body cells to operate very well the whole day.
Quite the opposite, inadequate sleep signify an incomplete supply of glycogen. Thus, during the day, your heart will have to work very hard to reach your muscular demands. This raised heart beat puts you at a risk of the above referred medical conditions.
Sleep is like a food for the brain. The sleeping average is between 7 and 9 hours each night. Get less than that, and your body will ask for food desperately. Why? Because poor sleep affects your hunger and fullness hormones, including two called leptin and ghrelin.
Ghrelin alarms your brain that it’s time to eat. When you’re lack of shut eye, your body produces more ghrelin.
In addition, leptin, signals to act your brain to stop eating. When you’re not getting enough sleep, leptin levels falls hard and fast, alarming your brain to eat more food.
Put the two together, and it’s no wonder poor sleep leads to eat too much and extra kilos.
Afterwards there’s the cortisol prickle that comes from too little sleep. This stress hormone signals your body to maintain energy to charge your waking hours.Explanation: You’re more vulnerable to fat. Scientists found that when dieters reduced on sleep over a 14-day period, the amount of weight they lost from fat fall into 55%, even though their calories stayed the same. They felt starved and less satisfied after meals, and their energy was destroyed.
Lack of sleep makes you “metabolically confused”. University of Chicago researchers say. Within just 4 days of poor sleep, your body’s power to process insulin — a hormone necessary to change sugar, starches, and other food into energy — goes wrong. The researchers found that insulin sensitivity dropped by more than 30%.
This is the explanation: When your body act improperly to insulin, your body has problem processing fats from your bloodstream, so it finished up storing them as fat.
So, it’s not that if you have a good sleep you going to lose weight, but that poor sleep holds up your metabolism and contributes to weight gain.
In 2010 British Medical Journal published a study concerning sleep affecting skin and the founding show that people who had a full night sleep (8 hours or more) they appeared healthier and more attractive by the observers. In the contrary, people who had poor sleep (less than 7 hours) appeared visible signs of sleeplessness like dark circles and dull skin were apparent. There was even more harm below the surface, say skin care experts.
So how does sleep affect our image? “Growth hormones are released both at the beginning and in the late stages of sleep, which are responsible for these beautifying effects,” says Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, an expert in dermatology and laser surgery in New York City. “Specifically, this growth hormone aids in the stimulation of skin cell production, collagen synthesis and a decrease in protein breakdown. In other words, it is the surge of growth hormones that stimulates skin repair during the night.” These hormones are only released during deep sleep, the time that the body and mind can fully recover from day’s activities and stressfulness.
When we don’t sleep properly, our bodies don’t release this growth hormone, and in sequence, release more of the stress hormone cortisol, which has been found to break down collagen in excess amounts. “An abundance of stress hormones can increase inflammation and break down collagen leading to lines, wrinkles and an increase in acne formation,” says American dermatologist Dr. Brian Zelickson.
Sensitive skin can also be a symptom of lack of sleep. “[Sleep deprivation] affects the skin’s natural barrier function which can lead to dryness, irritation and increased skin sensitivity,” Dr. Zelickson explains. The epidermis is less able to protect itself from chemicals and pollutants in the environment.
So sleep well, it doesn’t cost anything, and you get so many benefits from it.
About the author
Arsenios Kontos is the founder and coordinator of www.bodyandmindholidays.com. He studied Health Sciences and Physiotherapy in Leeds Beckett University –UK and he has many friends that suffering from irregular sleep for far too long. Taking the opportunity from this situation, he decided to post this article concerning the benefits of a good sleep.