Four Big Benefits of Getting Adequate Sleep

Sleeping in this weekend?Are you yawning and fighting to stay awake during the day? In attempt to juggle work or school and family responsibilities, many Americans are chronically sleep deprived. Meanwhile, evidence is mounting that all our lost hours of sleep are wreaking havoc on our minds and bodies.

What is the Pay Off?

So other than a boost in energy, how does getting adequate sleep help? Here are four ways getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night reaps big benefits.

1. Prevent Weight Gain

It’s hard to be motivated to exercise or take the time to cook a healthy meal if you’re exhausted. Sleep loss increases the chance of packing on pounds.

The Full Trigger
In addition, your feeling full trigger, powered by a hormone called leptin, is hampered by lack of sleep. Leptin levels drop when you don’t get enough sleep, and you are more likely to feel hungry.

2. Boost Your Work & School Performance

Studies show that people who are sleep deprived perform poorly when solving math or logic problems. A lack of sleep also makes it harder to pay attention, harder to remember and retain information, and can affect decision-making abilities.

Skip the All-Nighter
If you have a big test or report due, plan ahead so you don’t have to stay up extra late to complete your work. Adequate sleep on the nights leading up to the big day will actually boost your performance.

3. Wake Up Happy

Like toddlers, adults who are sleep deprived can be cranky. It’s hard to regulate your emotions if you are tired.

The Meltdown Risk
If you’re super tired, you might find yourself snapping at people or bursting into tears. Get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night to help you maintain a stable mood.

4. Avoid the Big Three

Studies show if you consistently have four or five hours of sleep per night instead of seven to eight, you increase your chances of developing chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. These three diseases can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Add Quality Years
By avoiding chronic diseases, you’ll live longer and enjoy a higher quality of life. Researchers are discovering more about the vital role sleep plays in preventing diseases that can have a big impact on your long-term health.

Need Help with Sleep?

If you consistently have a hard time falling asleep, or if you wake up feeling exhausted, talk with your doctor. Your primary care physician can suggest solutions or order a sleep study, if needed. The primary care physicians at LeBauer HealthCare have experience helping patients who are struggling with sleep issues. Take the first step to better sleep and make an appointment today.

 

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