“Sleep is overrated” and “Sleep when you’re dead” are two common phrases we hear people say. Most scientific studies, however, tend to disagree.
Sleep is actually one of the most important things in our lives for ensuring good health and a general sense of well-being. Here are just a few of the well documented benefits:
Stay Slim. Skipping sleep can actually be detrimental to your weight as it can slow down the metabolism, according to a study by scientists at the Uppsala University of Sweden. Other studies have shown that people who miss out on sleep are more likely to crave carbohydrates, eat less at breakfast and have more late night snacks.
Better appearance. We are all familiar with that tired, sleep-deprived look on our faces when we fail to get a regular 7-8 hours a night. Skin appears duller and fine wrinkles more pronounced. However, after a decent night’s sleep the complexion is brighter and fresher looking in appearance.
Live Longer. Studies have repeatedly found that people who regularly sleep for less than six hours a night are at risk of dying sooner.
Other benefits of proper sleep are better concentration, a stronger immune system, improved performance while doing exercise and you’ll no doubt find you are in a better mood as well.
So before you think about burning the candle at both ends, set aside at least seven or eight hours every night to get a good sleep so you can wake up feeling and looking fully rejuvenated!