There are many reasons why people can’t sleep: stress, finances, noise, and congestion are among them. Allergy sufferers, chronic congestion sufferers, and cold and flu sufferers all indicate a good night’s sleep as a major impact. When you’re tired, it may be hard to function at your best. Read on for more reasons to get a good night’s sleep, every night.
The Many Benefits of Sleep
Why should you get a good night’s sleep?
Whether it’s drowsy driving or chopping vegetables when you’re tuckered out, a slip-up may be more likely when you haven’t had a good night’s rest.1
Clear Your Mind
Studies show that lack of sleep impairs your ability to make decisions and concentrate. No wonder a bad night’s sleep can cause that mentally “fuzzy” feeling.2
Lift Your Spirits
Studies have shown a link between a lack of sleep and being in a bad mood.2 Getting at least eight hours of sleep can help you avoid a case of the Mondays every day of the week.
Improve Your Memory
While we sleep, our brains are busy processing our memories from the day. Studies show that sleeping after learning something new increases the chance you’ll remember it.3 So if you’re feeling forgetful, try getting some more sleep.3
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Some people have a hard time maintaining their weight when they don’t get enough sleep. If you’re tired you may skip exercising or cooking healthy meals. When you sleep less, you may experience a drop in the hormone leptin, which can make you feel hungry even when you don’t need to eat.4
- “Sleep Deprivation Affects Eye-Steering Coordination When Driving.” ScienceDaily, 18 June 2007, www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070611074133.htm. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
- Venkatraman, Vinod, et al. “Sleep Deprivation Biases the Neural Mechanisms Underlying Economic Preferences.” Journal of Neuroscience, Society for Neuroscience, 9 Mar. 2011, www.jneurosci.org/content/31/10/3712.full. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
- Alhola, Paula, and Päivi Polo-Kantola. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2656292/. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
- “Sleep Loss Boosts Appetite, May Encourage Weight Gain.” UChicago Medicine, 6 Dec. 2004, www.uchospitals.edu/news/2004/20041206-sleep.html. Retrieved June 20, 2018.