Most of us never seem to get enough sleep. If you find you’re sleeping less than seven or eight hours a night, here are some great reasons to unplug, relax, and catch some extra zzzz’s.
- Less pain. If you suffer from chronic pain or are recovering from an injury, getting more sleep will help you heal and lessen your pain. Since being in pain can keep you from sleeping, you might want to ask your doctor for a pain reliever that also contains a sleep aid.
- Lower risk of accident or injury. Sleep deprivation makes you less safe. If you have trouble sleeping, you’re more likely to trip and fall, doze off while driving, or nod off while performing routine tasks. Well-rested people are more alert and less likely to injure themselves or cause an accident.
- Improve your health. Sleep deprivation has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other serious health concerns.
- Improve your memory. While you sleep, your brain is busy reinforcing what you’ve learned and backing up your memory stores. Sleep helps you learn new things and remember everything. More sleep will also make you more creative.
- Control depression. Stress, anxiety and depression are all affected by loss of sleep. A good night’s sleep will make you feel better overall and help stabilize your emotions. With good sleeping habits, you’ll be less irritable and better able to deal with stressful situations.
- Improve your stamina. A study by Stanford University found that more sleep improved the stamina and boosted the performance of college football players. While you may not be an athlete, better stamina and performance could result in a much better sex life.