We all know it: a healthy sleep plays an important role in your brain function, well-being and physical health. But its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood and energy.
For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
A good night’s sleep improves learning. Whether you’re learning math, how to play the piano, how to perfect your golf swing, or how to drive a car, a healthy sleep habit helps enhance your learning and problem-solving skills. Sleep also helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.
Research also show that sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.
Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity. For example, one study of teenagers showed that with each hour of sleep lost, the odds of becoming obese went up. Sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity in other age groups as well.
So if you’re not sleeping well or aren’t feeling rested when you wake up in the morning, you need to do something about it.
Try to keep the following healthy sleep practices on a consistent basis, and good luck!