Yes, it’s true. If you’re getting the right amount of sleep per night, you’re actually helping improve your overall health both physically and mentally! But, sleeping all day or not getting enough sleep can do more harm than good. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to sleep that can have positive impacts on your overall well-being.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT
It turns out, getting a normal amount of sleep each night can actually help you keep your weight in check. Regulating sleep via circadian rhythm, or your body’s natural clock, will help you stick to a schedule. When you stick to a routine sleeping schedule, your body knows when it is resting and when it has time to break down and metabolise the food you’ve eaten. The same thing goes for your eating schedule. If you’re sleeping less than eight hours per night, your body is more likely to want to consume more calories. Sleeping outside of this time will disrupt your body’s natural rhythm and can contribute to weight gain.
SHARPEN ATTENTION AND MEMORY
Catching at least eight hours of sleep each night has positive impacts on the brain as well. Lack of sleep affects both adults and children differently when it comes to attention span. Children tend to display more ADHD-like symptoms and seem to be more hyperactive than adults, who appear more sleepy and unmotivated. As for memory, you are actually strengthening your memories while you’re asleep. This is especially true when you’re trying to learn something new. For example, if you’re learning a new language, you will be able to pick it up easier after sleeping.
IMPROVE YOUR LIFE
A healthy amount of sleep each night has been shown to extend lifespan and improve your overall quality of life. Too much or too little sleep on a regular basis could have a negative impact on your health, and ultimately, how long you live. Less sleep means your body and brain will not be able to function as they should, which can also play into your mental health. Depression, stress, and anxiety are common among those who are not sleeping enough and can lead to weight gain, cardiovascular health, attention span, and more.
If you’re ready to get on track and find a balanced sleep schedule, it’s important to make sure your bedding can help you get there. For allergy-sufferers, getting enough sleep each night can be challenging if you’re up coughing and sneezing due to various allergens in your home. AllerEase has a number of options like these mattress pads or pillow protectors to keep you comfortable at night. Let us help get you on the path to a happier, healthier, well-rested you!