Reasons Sleep Is Important For Your Health

Shelley Wenger
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The truth is that most people know that they need to get more sleep. However, they simply can't find enough time to go to sleep at a decent time so that they wake up feeling good. That could be a big mistake. Sleep is essential for many reasons.

These include:

It helps your brain function properly. Your brain needs time off at night in order to be able to work properly. When you are sleeping, it works hard to form new pathways so that you can learn and get things done the next day. You need this time to rest so that your brain can focus the next day.

Sleep makes you a better athlete. If you want to make sure that your body is working at the highest level possible, you need to make sure that your body gets enough rest. This includes mentally and physically. Your body can't perform at the top of your game if you push it too much, without any breaks.
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It also keeps you physically healthy. Your body works on healing you when you are sleeping. It uses this time to heal both your heart and the blood vessels that carry blood throughout your body. If you don't get enough sleep regularly, you may have heart and kidney problems, as well as high blood pressure.

Sleep improves your immune system. People who are sleep-deprived are more likely to get sick. Their immune system isn't able to work as quickly as someone who sleeps well every night.

It can also affect your weight. Many people gain weight when they don't get enough sleep. Your body uses this time to regulate your hormones, which regulate your weight. You may overeat because your hormones are not in sync.

This also happens because many people who don't get enough sleep snack all day long in order to stay awake. They also don't always choose healthy, picking soda and chips over water and fruit.

Sleep helps you interact with others. People who are sleep-deprived may struggle with others. They may be quick to yell at someone, just because they didn't pick up on their social cues. They may cry even though someone was just picking on them. They may also continue to talk to someone, even though they are giving them clues that they need to move on.

If you don't get enough sleep, you may not be as safe as possible. People who haven't had a good night's sleep in a while aren't able to react as quickly as someone who does. They may find themselves in a car accident because they were struggling to pay attention to the road.

They may also put themselves in danger at work. They may not notice that something is happening, and they may not get out of the way fast enough.
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If you are serious about having a good life, you need to make sleep a priority. Otherwise, you may be cranky and not as safe as possible. You may gain weight and eat things that you shouldn't. You may struggle to get through the day at home and at work! Athletes especially need to get enough sleep so that their bodies can perform like they should.


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Shelley is a small town farm mom of two boys. She is a veterinary technician, so she is proud to write about all kinds of animals and their care. She also loves to write about writing, running a business, working from home, and much more.

Glenville, PA

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