Exercise, eat well, and get a good night’s sleep.
Great advice we hear over and over again. All three are vital to physical health and well-being, but proper rest, on a regular basis isn’t just a good idea, it is essential.
Here is what better sleep can mean to you:
1. Sleep can improve your memory
When you’re really tired it can be hard to remember things. This is your brain telling you that it’s not getting enough down time. When you sleep well, your brain gets busy sorting and storing your memories, creating pathways to help you access them later. Getting more quality sleep will help you access those memories and process things better.
2. Sleep can improve your mood
Lack of sleep can make us more agitated, so we’re more likely to snap at a neighbour or be grumpy with a loved one, neither of which is a good thing.
The better you sleep the better your ability to stay calm, cool and controlled.
3. Sleep helps keep your heart healthy
A regular sleep schedule can help to lower the levels of stress and inflammation to your cardiovascular system, which in turn can reduce your chances of a stroke or heart condition.
4. Sleep can be a painkiller
If you’re suffering pain from a recent injury like a sprained wrist or ankle, getting plenty of sleep can actually make you hurt less. Many studies have shown a link between sleep loss and a lower pain threshold. Basically the more sleep you get the less pain you might feel.
5. Sleep can make you smarter
Along with a great night’s sleep, a daytime catnap can help to make your brain more effective and productive. A quick rest can help you feel sharper, more attentive and focused throughout the day.
If you’ve ever thought that sleep doesn’t really matter all that much, think again, because it actually matters a great deal. And without enough rest, proper diet and exercise don’t stand a chance.