Attaining the proper level of sleep on a nightly basis has far reaching medical benefits. Research shows a strong correlation between adequate sleep and both longevity and quality of life.
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Too much or too little sleep can have the reverse effect. Although individual requirements vary, most sleep studies reveal that range to fall somewhere between 7 to 9 hours per night. Too much sleep is just as harmful as too little rest. Excessive sleep has been linked with depression and other illnesses. On the lower end, another study found those who attained 5 or fewer hours of sleep were 15% more likely to die from all causes.
Being well rested translates to the following positive results:
Results of a nine-year independent sleep study involving approximately 7,000 participants was recently released. Data showed that those who routinely slept six or fewer hours a night had a 70 percent higher risk of dying (in the same age groups) than did those who slept seven or eight hours per night.
Adequate rest lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke. Additionally, a link between sleep deprivation and a pre-diabetic state has been found. Good sleep is probably the most overlooked contributor to individual health and longevity.
Increase Immune System
Results of a Mayo Clinic study showed lack of sleep affects the body’s ability to fend off disease. It not only enhances the body’s ability to ward off colds or bacterial infections, sleep enhances the body’s ability to respond to illness once contracted.
In moderation, a little stress can have a positive influence on our lives; motivating us to achieve our goals and perform at our best. Conversely, too much stress causes anxiety issues that are at the root of many physical and emotional issues. Good sleep habits combined with proper diet and exercise have a positive influence on the day to day stress in our everyday lives. For some, extreme stress and anxiety can be a cause of many physical and mental issues. In these cases, consult a physician for the best solution to address the issue.
Lack of sleep contributes to increased appetite and weight gain. While sleep deprived, your body releases higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol which increases appetite. Adequate rest helps curb overeating by regulating your metabolism.
Sleep actually triggers changes in the brain that solidify memories. A higher level of memory retention contributes to greater learning potential and increased productivity at work or school.
Feel Better / Look Better
Waking rested and refreshed increases your sense of well being and promotes a positive outlook to face the new day. Not only do you feel better, you look better too! The be benefits of a good night’s sleep are proof that “beauty sleep” really exists. Better skin tone, brighter eyes and reduction of dark circles beneath them are extra bonuses of great sleep.
Many factors contribute to a good night’s sleep. A supportive mattress, exercise, reducing caffeine intake, and in some cases, receiving Chiropractic adjustments can lead to deeper more restful sleep.