The Science-Backed Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep

The Science-Backed Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep

Many of us come home tired at the end of a long day and have one thing on our mind- hitting the sack. Getting a good night’s sleep feels fantastic, and it is something we should strive to do on a daily basis.

Of course, we all realize that it is easier to say we are going to get a good night’s sleep than to actually get one. There are so many distractions in today's life, from stress over work, eating dinner late, binge watching Netflix or checking our social media feeds that eight hours of interrupted sleep just seems like more of a dream than a reality. In fact, the CDC reports1 that one out of every three Americans don't get enough sleep, resulting in the potential for physical and mental health problems.

Fortunately, we all have an internal clock built into us that is known as the circadian rhythm. When the time is rolling around for us to go to sleep, it gently nudges us in that direction. Many factors are associated with our circadian rhythm but it has a lot to do with the release of melatonin as the day turns into night. Melatonin helps us to move into a relaxation mode and allows our body to sleep. We can help out our natural internal clock by preparing for bedtime with practices such as shutting off our screens and dimming the lights. We can even take a high quality supplement for the nights that we have an especially difficult time falling asleep.

If you need a little more convincing of why you should be getting a good night’s sleep, let's take a look at some of the reasons why making sleep a priority is so important.

Short-term Benefits of Sleep:

1. Problem Solving: Getting enough sleep at night keeps you attentive and alert. According to research2, it also helps you make better decisions by supporting memory performance.

2. Creativity: According to some experts, a good night’s sleep helps the brain fog to lift so you can take full advantage of your creativity.

3. Productivity: Say goodbye to your to do list by tapping into the energy3 you get from a good night’s sleep.

4. Performance: When you get more sleep at night, you tend to be more energized4 and are more accurate with physical activities.

Long-term Benefits of Sleep:

1. Lowers Stress Levels: Sleeping can affect your hormone levels, including your stress hormone. When you don't get enough sleep, it can even raise your blood pressure5

2. Strengthens Your Immune System: Your body produces cytokines while you are sleeping. They help to protect your body against bacteria and viruses. You might just find that sleeping seven hours per night is as close as you get to a cure6 for the common cold.6

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