Whilst many people know that sleep is the key to any beauty routine, it is also the key to your body performing at its best. In fact, your body is dependant on enough sleep for it to function properly. Here we take a look at six reasons why sleep is beyond skin deep and the benefits it has on your mind and inner health.
Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Anxiety and stress can creep up on us during the day which increases our cortisol levels, leaving us mentally and physically exhausted. Luckily, sleep is one of the best ways to reduce this. When you sleep your bodies melatonin levels increase which helps to reduce the impact of stress and anxiety on your body.
Helps Maintain A Healthy Weight
Sleepless nights will cause an increase in your appetite and your cortisol levels. When your body is fighting to stay awake you may notice you crave high sugar and high carb foods such as bread, chocolate and sugar. Regular sleep of seven to eight hours a night can help to decrease these cravings and lower the cortisol in your body. When it comes to weight loss, sleep is your best friend.
Improves Your Memory
Many people don’t realize that while you’re sleeping your mind is actually working hard to string together the day’s events and making them into long term memory. The harder we work in the day, the longer we need in bed.
People who sleep less than 6 hours a night will have high amounts of inflammatory proteins in there blood and will be more at risk to inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and skin conditions. Sleep acts as an anti-inflammatory tool and will help to decrease the risk of these conditions in your body as well as improve your overall health.
Improves our Immune System
When we sleep, disease fighting proteins are released which will help you fight off nasty colds and infections. These proteins are only released when you sleep which is why you will notice you need more sleep when you are sick. A decrease in sleep will cause you to be sick for longer periods of time as you are not giving your body what it needs to recover, thus weakening the immune system.
A few restless nights can cause your short term memory and attention span to become impaired making work, deadlines and babies harder to focus on the next day. Your brain is dependent on enough sleep as this is the time when your brain can recover and recharge. By getting a good night’s sleep you can help to improve your concentration and memory for the day ahead.