5 Ways Getting Adequate Sleep Can Improve Your Overall Health

In Health, Self Care by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

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(Last Updated On: March 18)

Do you get enough sleep at night? If not, then you might be losing more than you think. You should know that getting an adequate amount of sleep is very important to improve your health. In this busy age we live in, people are not getting enough sleep as they used to in the past, which is adding to our escalating health issues. Studies have shown that getting an adequate amount of sleep is very important to have a healthy weight, good mood and even a healthy sex life. There are five ways in which getting adequate sleep can improve your health. So, let’s take a look.

1.      Healthy Weight Management

Getting an adequate amount of sleep is very important to maintain your weight. Research has postulated that lack of sleep is directly linked with higher Body Mass Index which leave you more prone to obesity. When you don’t get adequate amounts of sleep your body tends to develop low levels of leptins. Leptin is a hormone that is responsible for regulating your metabolism, so lower levels of leptin in your body can lead to a slow metabolism, which causes you to gain weight.  So, in order to stay healthy (and keep your weight within a healthy range) you need to get an adequate amount of sleep every night.

2.      High Level of Energy

Research shows that people who get adequate sleep on a daily basis are more energetic than those who don’t get the proper amount of sleep. Humans need energy to perform well and to live a healthy, prosperous life.  Your body simply cannot work properly without an adequate amount of sleep. Research has shown that sleep deprivation is one of the primary factors affecting the psychological and mental wellbeing of people.  So, to maximize your level of energy you need to get adequate sleep.

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3.      Avoid Cardiovascular Diseases

Research has claimed that people who take adequate amount of sleep are less prone to cardiovascular diseases as compared to short sleepers. So, in order to lead a healthy life, you should try to get at least seven to eight hours per night.

4.      Clear Thinking

Do you ever feel dizzy or fuzzy when you get out of bed and feel you are not able to think clearly?  Well, this could also be due to inadequate sleep.  Being well-rested helps to kick-start your brain first thing in the morning. Lack of sleep can lead to poor concentration and impair your cognition which may cause you to make mistakes in your daily life. So, if you want to remain focused and productive throughout the day, getting proper sleep is essential.

5.      Better Immune System

Research shows that inadequate sleep can impair your immune system which leaves you more prone to problems like common cold and fever.  Research shows that people who sleep for seven to eight hours a night are less likely to catch common cold and fever than those who don’t take proper sleep at night.

The benefits of proper sleep range from how you handle your day-to-day tasks to your overall health and wellbeing.  So, if you want to stay healthy and be productive and clear-minded each day, strive for at least seven to eight hours a night.


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