The natural healing power of sleep
Sleep is an activity that we do (author’s note: and enjoy!) on every single day, not only because we like it, but also because our body asks us for it. In exchange, we get positive results for our health in general, some of which are little known by the average person. Here are just some of the many benefits that are related to having healthy sleeping habits.
Sleep helps to consolidate the memory, but also to reorganize the information and to extract the most relevant data. This way, sleeping favors the creation of brand new ideas and thus boosting our creativity. A good night's sleep can make you wake up positive and optimistic. In fact, the people who suffer from disorders of regular sleep are three times more likely to suffer a low mood in comparison. Lack of sleep can make you less receptive to the positive emotions and you can increase the likelihood of developing depression.
Sleeping well is an effective beauty treatment, according to multiple studies; people who have slept well during the night are more attractive and healthier than people who have been deprived of sleep. Furthermore, scientific studies have uncovered that lack of sleep leads to an increase in the levels of a hormone called ghrelin, this hormone can cause for a person to feel hungry. This same research also demonstrated that the depravation of hours dedicated to sleep makes it more difficult for people who are on a diet to lose weight. A bad night of sleep cuts down the fat-reduction process in our body down by 55%.
This may be very obvious to most but have you noticed that when you sleep well you wake up with lots of energy to start the day? The lack of sleep can be a real loss of energy, making you feel unable to cope with many activities the next day. This has the potential to create a vicious cycle of deteriorating health, both emotionally and physically.
Another of the benefits of good sleep, is that in the long term you will have a healthy heart. Researches on the benefits of sleeping have indicated that people who regularly sleep less than six hours per night may be at increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The problem with lack of sleep on a long-term basis is that it can lead to stress, which is known to be a sure fire trigger for heart disease. Stress, in turn, may lead to high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease and other health problems.
Remember that the benefits of good sleep are linked to regular exercise and eating a healthy diet. Don't forget prevent overeating before going to bed.