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The Importance of Getting a Good Night of Sleep


A good night of sleep helps the body control the hormones which dictate appetite. Those who suffer with poor sleep often find it difficult to keep weight off.

Nobody likes to go through a night without getting enough sleep. Facing the day becomes far easier if you wake up feeling fresh and awake, whilst it can quickly become a struggle if you have failed to get enough hours of precious rest.

Recently however, scientists showed us that it’s not just how you feel that can be affected by not getting enough sleep – it actually has a number of other impacts on your health and development.

Memory Loss

Scientific experiments have shown that, whilst the body is in a state of rest while you are asleep, the brain still remains active throughout the night. During this time the brain goes through a process of ‘memory consolidation’ – this means that it is storing what it has learnt through the day, meaning you are able to recall on these experiences if you ever need to in the future. It’s not surprising then that those who don’t get enough sleep suffer with a poor memory recall.

Put on Weight

Having a good night of sleep helps the body to retain control of the hormones which dictate appetite, so those who suffer with poor sleep or the complete inability to sleep for any length of time (known as insomnia) often find that the struggle to keep excess weight off their body and stay in good shape.

Causes High Blood Pressure

When your body is in a state of rest your blood pressure level comes down. If you are unable to sleep, your brain remains active, which means hormones which create stress are produced meaning you’ll suffer with high blood pressure. This can have dangerous effects for your overall health, and increases the risks of heart failure and stroke.

Reduced Productivity

Anyone who has had a bad night of sleep knows how difficult it is to function the next day. It can seem almost impossible to think about facing the whole day. If this becomes a problem for multiple days, perhaps even weeks in a row, it can really start to reduce your levels of productivity. Simple tasks like working on a computer or driving can start to become really difficult, as can your overall mood and ability to interact with other people.

Tips for a Better Night of Sleep:

– Everyone has different needs for the amount of sleep they need, but on average most need around 6-7 solid hours per night.

– Find the right firmness of mattress to help support your body weight and shape, and consider adding a mattress topper to it to increase its comfort and help it retain its shape for longer.

– Test pillow types and also how high you need to position your head – it may be that you need to prop yourself up higher, or need more support for your head.

– Don’t drink any drinks contain caffeine or alcohol in the hours leading up to your ideal bed time as these can have an adverse effect on your ability to sleep.

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