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3 Benefits of Sleep

By Virginia Laird

For many, the idea of settling down early enough to get plenty of sleep may be a recommendation that never becomes reality. Sleep is one thing that many overlook the importance of. Healthcare experts say that sleep is imperative to good overall wellness. Without enough sleep, the body cannot repair damage, build energy, or think clearly. Many experts recommend that the average amount of sleep the average adult should get each night is six hours. Still, there are many who need much more than this. Before you begin dismissing the idea of getting more sleep, it is necessary to know why you need to make it a priority. A few benefits of sleep include:

  • Sleep helps the body function
  • Getting enough sleep can help you lose weight
  • Going to bed benefits your mental health

Sleep Helps the Body Function 

The proper functioning of the body relies on getting plenty of sleep. There is plenty of research showing that where there is a lack of sleep the body slows in a variety of ways. For some, it is in reactions and your ability to think clearly. For everyone, a lack of sleep slows the metabolism and many systems within the body. Those who prefer to live a lifestyle that promotes good health should make getting plenty of sleep a priority. 

Getting Enough Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

Because sleep impairs the metabolism, it also can cause the body to gain weight for some while hampering its ability to shed unwanted weight for others. When the body is well-rested, the metabolism has the opportunity to function at a rate which promotes weight loss. For this reason, healthcare experts highly recommend patients to begin going to bed at a time early enough to get plenty of sleep each night. 

Going to Bed Benefits Your Mental Health

In recent years, there has been an increased struggle to maintain good mental health. Some believe this is due to the rise in those who stay up later trying to cram more work, more video games, or more housework in. Research has proven that there is a link between the amount of sleep you get and mental health. For this reason, experts acknowledge the importance of going to bed early enough to get plenty of sleep. To make sure you are promoting good mental health, it is necessary you begin going to bed at a decent hour right away. 

Research assures that there is no absolute number when trying to determine how much sleep you need. Rather, finding your sweet spot when it comes to the amount of sleep you need is best done with trial and error. If you find yourself waking up without feeling refreshed and ready for the day, you may need to get a little more rest. Start tonight making sleep a priority. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Vacaville, Calif.

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