I love a good snooze. I just don’t feel right if I get any less than 7 hours of sleep a night. IfI find myself up later than usual, I will start mentally calculating how many hours of sleep I am going to get before I need to wake up in the morning. I hardly need any extra incentive to hit the hay but I sure do love scientific facts that will help justify a sleep in.
Did you know…
- The typical adult need 7-8 hours sleep a night to perform at their optimum.
- Sleep affects almost every tissue in our bodies. It affects growth and stress hormones, our immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure and cardiovascular health.
- Sleep helps to make your memories stronger. Your brain appears to reorganize and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well.
- People who get at least 6 hours of sleep a night show lower levels of inflammatory proteins. So if you suffer from arthritis, diabetes or heart disease, you should make sure you’re aiming for more than six hours a night.
- Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. When you are tired certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones make you hungry.
- Quality sleep will reduce stress levels and lower blood pressue. Happy days!
- Driving a car while sleep deprived can be just as dangerous as drink driving. Your concentration, decision making and reaction time are all negatively effected when you have missed out on sleep.
- A good nights sleep will make you are happier person. While lack of sleep can contribute to depression, healthy sleeping patterns can promote emotional stability and reduction of anxiety.
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