Fitness Friday | 5 Tips to a Better Night’s Sleep
‘WHEN SLEEP IS SOUND, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ABOUND’
Sleep: It’s at the cornerstone of our overall health. After about two weeks of no sleep, you will either die or be in a near-death state. Sleep helps with so many different problems and health concerns I couldn’t even begin to scratch the surface but here are some benefits I found to receiving a good night’s sleep and some tips to improve your sleep.
1) Improved Memory
When we sleep at night, our brain is fast at work decoding what we learned during the day. It takes memories and stores them. If you don’t get enough sleep at night, your brain won’t be able to retain or recall information. Our brain also makes decisions while we sleep. A study published in the journal ‘Current Biology’ found that the brain processes complex stimuli during sleep, and uses this information to make decisions while awake.
2) Improved Concentration
The high quality of sleep has been linked to massive positive increases in concentration. Lack of sleep can cause drowsiness, which slows down your reaction time. Drowsiness can make you just as dangerous on the road as a drunk driver.
3) Easier Weight Loss
Sleep is like nutrition for the brain. Poor quality of sleep inhibits growth hormone levels (which builds muscle and burns fat), increases your cravings and reduces your physical activity level.This means that if you get the recommended amount of sleep each night you can prevent the above from happening which increases your chances of success in losing weight.
4) Lower Stress Levels
Research shows that amount of sleep is directly correlated with the level of stress you feel. Stress doesn’t just affect your brain, and it can affect your body as well, causing high blood pressure, heart disease, and more. People who are under stress typically consume large amounts of caffeine to get through the day because of their lack of sleep. Try to avoid caffeine after two p.m., to help get better sleep at night. By getting the recommended amount of sleep each night you’ll feel happier, more confident, and avoid the adverse effects of stress.
5) Stronger Immune System
You know when you’re sick, and the doctor recommends sleep to help fight the infection, so you get better, faster? Well, sleeping keeps your immune system in tip-top shape even when you’re not sick. If you’re not getting adequate sleep your immune system is weakened and if you do manage to catch a cold it’ll take you longer to get over the sickness.