All of us sleep, but have you ever thought about why? What does sleep do for our body? I have been getting back into a normal routine lately and getting used to waking up earlier to workout so I have been tired. I decided to do some research about why sleep is so important.
Although scientists aren’t 100% sure why we sleep at night, there is a lot of research that sleep has many benefits. A lot of sleep research is done with people that are sleep deprived. Researchers have come to the conclusion that a sleep is mainly focused on the brain.
- Sleeping helps your brain catch up so you can remember what you have learned
- Sleeping helps your brain process emotions so you can react more positively
- When you sleep your blood pressure decreases and allows your heart and blood vessels to decrease
- Sleep gives you the energy you need to stay active
- Blood sugar drops when you are sleeping which allows the body to reset
- Sleeping is a time for your immune cells to rest which helps them work more effectively against sickness
- Sleeping helps control weight in two ways:
- Sleep affects the hormones that control how much you eat
- If you are tired you are less likely to have the motivation to get up and be active
As you can see, sleep has many benefits. It is important, however, to make sure you don’t sleep too much. Sleeping too much can lead to calcium buildup in the heart and arteries and less flexible leg arteries. It is best to shoot for 7-8 hours a night.
How much sleep do you get each night?