Apart from exercising and eating healthy, getting good sleep is another way to maintain good health.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults sleep for 7 - 9 hours everyday.
The activities that make up our day, most times, get too much to allow us get good sleep. Sometimes, we ignore the need to give our body the rest it needs to refresh and serve us better.
In this post, we're going to look at 7 reasons why we should incorporate 7- 9 hours everyday into our daily routine specifically for sleep.
1. Boosts your productivity
Most times we deprive ourselves of adequate sleep because we feel we have a lot to do and we do not have time to sleep. The irony here is that we actually need to get good sleep in order to become more productive at what we do.
By getting a good sleep, you let your brain rest and get ready to serve you the next day. Ultimately, you boost your productivity and get things done quicker and better with your actions for change
2. Helps your immune system
When you fail to sleep well, you deprive your body of the ability to fortify you against diseases and infections.
By sleeping well, your body gains the time it needs to build on your immunity and help you fight against diseases.
3. Can lead to overeating
Lack of sleep upsets the regulation of hunger and satiety hormones which ultimately leads to overeating.
When your body does not get sufficient sleep, your body produces more ghrelin and less leptin. These hormones are each responsible for making you hungry and satieted respectively.
So when you have more ghrelin in your system, you will feel more hungry than usual and will likely overeat.
4. Exposes you to heart diseases and stroke
Lack of good sleep puts you in a higher risk of getting heart diseases and stroke.
There have been studies conducted to confirm this. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep a day helps your body resist these diseases.
5. Protects you against depression
Depression, as well as many other mental health issues have a connection with poor sleeping habits.
About 90% of people struggling with depression have a poor sleeping habit.
Other sleeping disorders like insomnia have a connection with depression.
6. Helps regulate blood sugar levels
As you may already know, insulin is the hormone that regulates the levels of sugar in your blood.
Now when you don't get enough sleep, your body finds it more difficult to respond to insulin. This then results in abnormally high blood sugar level in your system.
When this happens, your body becomes more exposed to the risk of diabetes.
7. Can lead to obesity
Lack of sleep can cause obesity because it disrupts the regulation of the production of hormones that cause you to get hungry.
When this hormone, ghrelin, is produced in excess, you will tend to eat more and could likely become obese as a result.