Monday, 11 September 2017

The Importance Of Sleep

The demands and distractions of modern life have whittled away at the time people spend sleeping. But sleep is essential to good health. Studies show that during sleep our body and brain repair themselves, benefiting memory and mood.
The amount of sleep needed varies from person to person. Most newborns and toddlers sleep for 16 to 18 hours a day. School-age children generally need at least 10 hours of sleep, and adolescents perhaps 9 or 10. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night to look, feel, and perform their best.

Getting the right amount of rest should not be considered optional. According to experts, sufficient sleep is important for:

1. Learning and retention of new information.

2. It improves growth and development in children and teenagers.

3. Sleep makes it easier for your body to metabolize free radicals-molecules that are said to affect the aging of cells and even cause cancer.

4. It reduces your risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

5. Getting enough sleep helps prevent migraines and other headaches.

6. You will be happier and have a good mood throughout the day.

7. It improves concentration and productivity.

8. It improves your sex life.

9. It is good for your muscles and bones.

10. You will feel less pains after a good night's sleep.

11. It boost your immune system.

12.  It lowers your risk of stress and depression.

13. You will make fewer dangerous mistakes.

14. You will live longer.

15. Getting enough rest also allows you to be awake and alert throughout the day.
Without a doubt, sleep is important for a healthy body and mind.


1. Loss of capacity to create, plan, and carry out activities. If you don't get enough sleep, your thinking ability will be affected, because lack of sleep impairs alertness, attention, problem solving, and reasoning manner, which makes it more difficult to remember or take in new information effectively.

2. It results in premature aging.

3. It causes drowsiness.

4. It causes fatigue.

5. It affects the production of white blood cells and the hormone cortisol, making you more prone to infections and circulatory diseases.

6. It increases your risk of infections, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and even cancer.

7. Your brain interprets a lack of sleep as a lack of food. While you sleep, your organism secretes leptin, the hormone that normally lets your body know that you have eaten enough. When you stay awake longer than you should, your body produces less leptin, and you feel a craving for more carbohydrates. So sleep deprivation can lead to increased carbohydrate consumption, which in turn can lead to obesity.

8. It increases your risk of stress and depression.

9. You will spend more time and money at the doctor.

10. Additionally, sacrificing needed sleep can weaken your immune system, for it is during sleep that your body produces T cells that fight against pathogens.
Surely, these gives you good reasons to want to get enough rest.


1. Endeavor to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

2. Do not watch TV or use gadgets while in bed.

3. Exercising yourself during the morning or afternoon can help you to be drowsy at bedtime.

4. Make your bedroom quiet, relaxing and neither too warm or too cold.

5. Preparing your body for restful sleep also involves watching your diet. Eating a substantial supper or drinking unreasonable liquor late at night can be as hurtful to sleep as going to bed on an empty stomach.

Without a doubt, you would not deliberately harm any of your vital organs because health is wealth. Sleep is a part of life that should not be underestimated or neglected. After all, a third of your life is spent sleeping. Can you enhance your sleeping habits? Why not start tonight! 

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