Lose or maintain your weight.
When you don't get enough sleep, your body looks for other ways to get the energy it needs. This can result in constant hunger. Unfortunately, food isn't what your body needs. And eating extra calories makes you gain weight. By getting at least seven hours of sleep each night, you'll only feel hungry when you need food. This makes it easier to maintain a healthy diet.
Go ahead and sleep in. Your body and mind will thank you.
Make your muscles strong.
Want rock-hard abs and impressive guns? When you sleep, the growth hormones that build muscles are released and tissue growth and repair occur. When you lose sleep, your muscles begin to atrophy. So if you're up until midnight watching TV, but still plan on sticking with your 6 a.m. gym routine, rethink your strategy. Otherwise, all of that working out will be for nothing.
Reduce your risk of several chronic diseases.
In a study of more than 54,000 adults aged 45 and older, the CDC found higher rates of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity among people who slept six or fewer hours a day. Luckily, getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night can decrease your chances of having those issues down the road.
Improve your memory.
During your sleep cycle, your brain is still active. It strengthens memories and helps you remember skills learned during the day. So if you study at night, your brain will remember the information you read better the next morning. But, if you don't get enough sleep, that can lead to forgetfulness and prevent retention of new information.
Boost your mood.
The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School says that sleep loss can make you more irritable, short-tempered and prone to stress. In fact, adults who sleep six or fewer hours are two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer from mental stress, anxiety and depression. Luckily, the reverse is true for those who get enough sleep.
Be more efficient at work.
You might think that skipping sleep is a great way to get ahead of schedule. It's not. Although you'll spend more hours working, losing sleep leads to cognitive impairment and a decrease in performance. On the other hand, getting enough sleep increases your mental clarity, so you can tackle any task that comes your way. That means you can get more done if you give yourself the rest you need after a hard day's work.
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