The health benefits of a good night’s sleep

Sleep keeps your heart healthy

In today’s frenetic world getting a good night’s rest is something that often gets overlooked. What effect are all those screens and constant access to the web doing to our sleep patterns? Many experts believe, as a developed nation, we are all suffering from a chronic lack of sleep. But what are the health benefits of sleeping well? Let’s take a look.

Lack of sleep has been associated with higher blood pressure and cholesterol; two of the major factors in heart attacks and strokes. Both conditions commonly happen in the early mornings; it’s thought this is due to the way our bodies sleep interact with our blood vessels.

Sleep reduces stress

Sleep deficient bodies go into a state of stress. This is probably something we have all felt at one point but not been able to attribute it to a lack of sleep. If you can’t sleep, try learning some stress reduction techniques to relax your body and mind so you can get some much needed shut-eye.

Sleep makes your mind sharper

A good night’s rest makes your mind much more alert. Many experts believe that being chronically sleep deprived is the neurological equivalent of being drunk with severe impacts on your cognitive behaviour. A good night’s sleep will leave you feeling energised and alert.

Sleeping better can help aid with weight loss

Yes, believe it or not sleeping well at night can help you lose weight. It’s believed that a lack of sleep can cause an imbalance in our hormones and, specifically, the hormones that affect our appetites.

Sleeping can make you happier

As with weight loss, a lack of sleep can affect our mood. Our bodies are interconnected neurologically and physically. Lack of quality sleep can cause the imbalance that can cause depression.

If you want a better night’s sleep, you could do worse than investing in a new bed or mattress. Many chronic sleep conditions can be cured by some new hardware for your bedroom.

Thank you to Gwen, the sleep specialist from The Bed Warehouse Direct for this article.

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