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Health Benefits Of Sleep You Need To Know About

Melinda Venessa

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Good sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising regularly, and is incredibly important for your health. There exists quite a number of things that can interfere with natural sleep patterns thereby decreasing your quality of sleep. When you get inadequate sleep, you are more prone to excessive fatigue and decreased cognitive function.
Poor sleep is strongly linked to increased body weight. According to one extensive review study, short sleep duration is one of the biggest factors for obesity in both adults and children. People with short sleep duration tend to weigh significantly more than those who get adequate sleep and this is attributed to a number of factors including hormones and motivation to exercise.
According to studies, sleep deprivation disrupts appetite regulating hormones that stimulate and suppress appetite such as ghrelin and leptin hormones respectively. This therefore results in sleep-deprived individuals having a bigger appetite and eating more calories.
Good sleep is important for various aspects of brain functioning. It is shown to improve concentration and productivity as well as enhancing memory performance and maximizing problem-solving skills in both adults and children.
Poor sleep patterns have been strongly linked to mental health issues such as depression, especially to those with sleeping disorders like insomnia, or obstructive sleep apnea which at times is associated with suicidal deaths. It has been estimated that about 90% of people with depression complain about having poor sleep quality.
Good sleep has been shown to improve body immunity and help fight common colds. Studies show that people who slept less than 7 hours were more  likely to develop a cold than those who slept 8 hours per night or more. Longer hours of sleep has also been proven to maximize athletic and physical performance as well as the mental health of an individual, and improve their speed, accuracy, and reaction times.

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