It is recommended that adults aged 26-64 get 7-9 hours of sleep each day. Sleep does more than just allow us to relax and feel energized the following day. It also comes with several health benefits.
To find out a few of the benefits that sleep can bring into your daily life and overall wellbeing, keep reading!
When one does not get the recommended amount of sleep, the amount of infection fighting antibodies and cells in our bodies are reduced, increasing the chances of catching the sicknesses we are exposed too.
Did you know that sleep can also aid in preventing chronic illnesses? There have been studies that have shown the relationship between lack of sleep with the development of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.
Help Prevent Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year . Getting enough sleep and rest can impact ones performance the following day. Lack of sleep can even affect your alertness, and ability to focus on the job. Sleep deprivation can reduce workers’ reaction time, motor control, decision-making ability and situational awareness.
To help prevent those accidents, incorporating more hours of sleep into a person’s day can provide them with the proper rest to function their best for daily tasks and unexpected situations that come their way.
Have you ever felt cranky the next morning after not getting enough rest? A study found that those who slept 4.5 hours or less were more likely to have negative moods including feelings of stress, anxiety, and anger. Nobody wants to feel like that. Making a simple adjustment to your sleep schedule could be an easy fix to aid that add positivity to your mood and overall wellbeing!
We realize that everyone has busy schedules. It may sometimes be hard to always get the recommended hours of sleep each night. Though, if we begin to think of sleep as a priority, and recognize the effects it can have on our daily life and overall health, it may be easier to see the importance of it. So next time you think about pulling that all nighter, think about the benefits of sleep you will be missing out on!