The Importance Of Sleep For Health, Fitness And Productivity


Mar 22, 2021

 by Sylvia Lokollo
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Are you tired of your dark circles? Do you often find yourself yawning at your workplace? In today's era, we are occupied with too many tasks and deadlines, whether professional or personal, and we are not left with any time to look after ourselves. According to the latest research, if a person cannot lose weight even after working out regularly and having a healthy diet, then the missing piece of the puzzle could lack proper sleep. 

Sleep is essential for the proper day-to-day functioning of an individual. We make a checklist for having a healthy lifestyle that includes diet, workout regime, personal hygiene, social relations, etc. but we often neglect adequate sleep.

Blog Summary: In this blog, you will learn the vital importance of sleep to enhance productivity in your routine. Numerous benefits of adequate sleep are enlisted below:

  •     Reduces obesity
  •     Improves concentration
  •     Enhances beauty
  •     Promotes healthy growth
  •     Strengthens immune system
  •     Inhibits likelihood of heart diseases and diabetes
  •     Enhances athletic strength

 

Reduces Obesity

Lack of sleep can contribute to obesity as it reduces the metabolism of the human body. It also disrupts the levels of hormones in the body. Reduced sleeping hours cause a decrease in cortisol and ghrelin. These hormones are responsible for enhanced cravings and hunger pangs. A person tends to eat junk food due to poor sleep and slow body metabolism.

 

Improves Concentration

 A well-rested mind performs better at solving problems and decision-making. Analytical reasoning also requires higher levels of concentration and mind power. A good night's sleep also reduces mishaps and mistakes in the workplace. The low concentration of drivers causes many road accidents.

 

Enhances Beauty

 As per research, two night’s poor sleep results in a lack of glow from one’s face. Reduced sleep also results in dark circles and eye bags. A person appears frail, unhealthy, and no amount of make-up can freshen up a dull face.

  

Promotes Healthy Growth

 During the Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep, the body releases essential hormones for healthy growth and a body's development. The worn-out and damaged tissues of the body are also repaired during this phase.

 

Strengthens Immune System

 A study conducted research in which people were given nasal drops infected with a common cold virus. The result showed that the individuals who slept less than 7 hours a night were more prone to get the common cold. Poor sleep weakens the body's immune system, and such as a person is exposed to more diseases than other individuals.

 

Inhibits Likelihood of Heart Diseases and Diabetes

 Body processes glucose during deep sleep. The lack of Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep results in an increased likelihood of type 2 diabetes due to the body's insulin resistance. Insufficient sleep may also lead to atherosclerosis. It is the narrowing and hardening of arteries that might result in severe cardiovascular diseases in future life.

 

Enhances Athletic Strength

 According to a study, an increased number of injuries were reported in athletes who slept less than seven hours per night. So, sound sleep results in better coordination of muscles and quicker reflexes during strenuous activities.

 

Bottom Line
According to health experts, a sound sleep of 7 to 9 hours is recommended every night. A person would maintain a healthy lifestyle by giving proper rest to the mind and body.

 

‘Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together’ Thomas Dekker.

 

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