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5 Hidden Benefits of Sleep

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As I embrace my late twenties, I really understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. I am not eighteen anymore living the college life, where I could get five hours a night and squeeze in a three hour nap between classes. I work full-time with a part-time job and I have my own social life; I need sleep to function. And now after research, I can prove how beneficial sleep can actually be:

1. Puts you in a good mood.

Sleep keeps you well rested and ultimately put you in a good mood. Let’s be real, Monday’s suck, but if you have a good night’s sleep it makes the day that much more bearable. Lack of sleep can make you irritable and leave you feeling more stressed than you probably are. According to a study done at the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, these symptoms can lead to things much worse, such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression. I know if I do not get at least seven hours of sleep a night, I will be a miserable person and everyone better steer clear! I would hate to develop a disease or bad habit due to my sleep behaviors. Life is already stressful as gen-y women; why add to it?

2. Poor sleep habit take years off your life

“I’ll sleep when I am dead.” How many times have you said that when you choose to go out on a night when you have to be up early the next day? I am sure you all have. But it turns out that getting more sleep each night actually adds years to your life, according to a study done by the American Psychological Association. So that statement we say is really an oxymoron and contradicts itself. By getting the proper hours of sleep every night, we’ll ensure a long and happy life.

3. Improves your memory

As the world of medicine advances, it has been shown that most individuals suffer from a loss of memory in their old age. Dementia and Alzheimer’s runs in both sides of my families, and I have unfortunately watched many loved ones suffer from these incurable diseases. However, if you sleep the proper amount of hour’s every night; you can improve your memory. Research conducted by Men’s Fitness shows that when people looked at images and then were either allowed to sleep or forced to remain awake, the people that were able to sleep could recall the objects much better than the people that were forced to stay awake. Sleep enhances our memories. So even though this is not a cure, it can certainly help!

4. Sharpen your attention

Our brains our powerful machines; they need to rest every now and then. While you are sleeping you are allowing your brain to recharge, which will ultimately sharpen your attention. Your attention span and concentration decline when you do not get enough sleep, according to a study done by the Harvard Medical School, which causes your reaction time to be delayed. This causes your brain to have a hard time making decisions. When you get a good night’s sleep, your body and brain will be prepared to react to whatever comes your way.

5. Keeps you beautiful

A good night’s sleep keeps you beautiful. According to a study done on WebMd, beauty sleep is a real thing! The lack of sleep causes blood vessels to expand in your face, which ultimately creates dark circles under the eyes. Like your brain, your skin needs rest, too. No wonder Princess Aurora was gorgeous, she got to sleep for 100 years and then wake up to a handsome prince!

Sleeping a solid seven to eight hours a night can benefit you immensely. And If you are a type-A person like me, you need to be well rested to tackle your busy day. So get into a routine, and stick to it. Doctor’s orders; go to sleep early tonight!

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