Physical Health, Wellness / Self-Care

You should probably be Sleeping more than you already are

We’re serious, sleep more!

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Jun 18, 2022

Getting enough sleep on a regular basis can transform your life. The influence of adequate sleep on your health, happiness, and lifespan cannot be overstated. While everyone understands the need for a good night’s sleep, the anxiety of recent years, combined with the everyday stress of day-to-day life, has resulted in people getting less sleep.

 

Sleep is the polar opposite of everything, and it feels odd to hear that it is actually one of the most important things you can do for yourself. The truth of the matter is that we can dramatically improve our waking hours by learning how to do less and embracing a good snooze.

 

Here are some of the hidden benefits of a good night’s rest.

 

Sleep boosts your immune system and supports digestion

If you don’t get enough sleep, your body won’t be able to operate at its best. When we deny our bodies the rest they require, our immune systems and digestion suffer. Finding the sweet spot for sleep is critical to ensuring that you’re getting the right amount of energy from your diet and fighting off any potential illness.

 

Sleep can help with weight loss

People who are sleep deprived are a third more likely than those who aren’t to gain 33 pounds over the next 16 years, according to research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

 

While there are still many aspects of weight loss that we don’t fully comprehend, we do know that sleep is an essential component of an improved body. You need adequate sleep for your workouts to support your aesthetic goals and muscular growth.

 

We create around 95% of the human growth hormone that we actually produce when sleeping. When you undertake something like a strength workout, your muscles are broken down. We’re aiming to get the regeneration and hypertrophy out of that workout at night. If you work hard, you won’t see results if you don’t get enough sleep after your workout.

 

Tiredness impairs our ability to exercise and diminishes our ability to regulate our impulses. It becomes that much easier to miss the gym.

 

Sleep helps you live a longer life

A Harvard team looked at data from 3 different research studies and discovered that sleeping 5 hours (or less) per night can raise death risk by up to 15%. Even a small reduction in sleep (6 of 7 hours a night) was linked to an increased risk of coronary artery calcification, which can lead to heart attacks and heart disease.

 

If you need help sleeping at night, try these meditation apps. And here’s a guide to building the optimal sleep environment.