When you think of staying healthy you may immediately think of eating a balanced diet and getting enough physical activity. You may not immediately think that you need to get enough sleep to maintain good health as well.
But since we’re on the topic, 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 maintain good health. In this busy age we live in, people are not getting enough sleep 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 healthy relationships. There are five ways in which getting adequate sleep can improve your health. Let’s take a look.
Why You Need Adequate Sleep to Maintain Good Health
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 leaves 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.
3. Avoid Cardiovascular Diseases
Research has claimed that people who get an 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 getting sick. Research shows that people who sleep for seven to eight hours a night are less likely to catch common colds or develop a fever than those who don’t get adequate sleep at night.
The benefits of getting adequate 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.
Alicia Hyatte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Family Wellness Expert, and Health Educator. She creates impactful, evidence-based health and wellness content and programs for individuals, families, and communities.