A few weeks ago, we brought you our blog describing a few of the ways that getting enough sleep on a regular basis can increase your cognitive function, give your immune system a turbo boost, and provide you with a higher mood and better productivity! But those were just a few of the wide range of benefits you can get from giving yourself enough time to snooze every night, so we thought we’d bring you a chapter two, stuffed with even more reasons to knock back your alarm for those extra Zzzs!
This may not be a secret – consistently getting too little sleep can increase your chances of developing heart disease or heart attacks. This is because poor sleep can boost your body’s production of a stress-related hormones such as Cortisol, which can wear down on your body over time. Getting enough sleep will reduce this and help lower your blood pressure and protect your heart!
A good night’s sleep isn’t a substitute for diet and exercise, especially not if you’re trying to lose weight! However, getting enough sleep will definitely help prevent you adding additional pounds. A lack of sleep boosts your body’s appetite as it tries to regain energy, leading to us eating more! Being tired also leaves us more likely to grab junk food and sugary drinks which will lead to a crash!
Now you may be thinking that this one is obvious, but perhaps you don’t realise the extent to which your alertness can protect your health! Lack of sleep lowers your reaction speed and your ability to focus, which both increase your likelihood of being in a car crash! In fact, those who regularly get 6-7 hours of sleep per night are twice as likely to crash their car as those who get 8+.
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