Sleeping rules. There is nothing like crawling into your bed and letting out that sigh of relief that accompanies relaxation at the end of a long day. Then drifting peacefully into dreamland where you will eat anything you want without gaining a pound and have all the Orchid Boutique brazilian cut bikinis in your closet ready for beach or pool day use.
But besides all that, did you know there are benefits to getting more sleep? And not just being rested the next day or ditching those dark under-eye circles. Adequate sleep can actually benefit your heart, weight, and mind!
You don’t say….
So the next time you’re deciding whether or not to hit the snooze button, let us help aid in your decision.
Do You Remember That One Time….?
Do you have that one friend who just happens to tell you the same stories over and over again and doesn’t realize that he/she has already told you a bajillion times? Well, chances are they might not be getting enough sleep. When we’re sleeping our brains are actually working hard moving memories from short-term to long-term storage, allowing us more short-term memory space for the next day. So, if you don’t get adequate sleep then these memories will be lost. GASP.
Be a Smarter Cookie
Dr. Rapoport, an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical center explains that while you sleep, your mind is surprisingly busy strengthening “practice” skills you have learned while you were awake. This process is actually name consolidation. So the next time someone is shaking you awake, simply hold up your finger to quiet them and say, “Shh, I’m learning”.
Skin Time, Win Time
When you are suffering from a lack of sleep, your blood doesn’t flow efficiently. As you snooze, your body actually churns out a hormone crucial for collagen production. Also, overnight skin cells regenerate and facial muscles that create those doggone lines, relax. So you end up having a better complexion overall, just because you slept in.
Diet, Exercise, and Sleep!
All of the above mentioned go hand-in-hand. Imagine them being the three best friends that anyone could have. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested, actually lost more fat – 56% of their weight loss!! – than those who were sleep deprived. The sleep deprived crew actually lost more muscle mass. Why, you ask? Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain.
Peace Out, Stress
Stress and sleep are also, BFFs. Both can affect your cardiovascular health as well. Sleep can certainly reduce levels of stress, which in turn allows people to have more control over their blood pressure. Rumor has it sleep also affects cholesterol levels, so you can slumber your way to Health City.