Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under- eye circles. Getting enough sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and it can benefit your heart, weight, mind and more.
Here are several health benefits that researchers have linked to a good night's sleep:
Improved memory - during sleep you strengthen memories and "practice" skills learned while awake; your brain forms new pathways to help you learn and remember information
Longer lifespan - probably linked to the direct health benefits and better decision-making
Curts inflammation - levels of C-reactive proteins have been shown to be higher in people who get inadequate sleep
Spurs Creativity - sleep helps you to pay attention, reorganize and restructure ideas, and tune in to the emotional components of memories
Better athletic performance - obviously sleep affects daytime performance, and inadequate sleep results in slower reaction times
Healthy weight - sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same part of the brain; inadequate sleep can cause weight gain through a direct hormonal influence, as well as by increasing cravings for high-fat and high-calorie foods
Better Mood - sleep reduces levels of stress and helps you control your emotions, while sleep deprivation has been linked to depression, suicide and risk-taking behavior
Fewer illnesses - not only does your immune system rely on sleep to work properly, but your resistance to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes is strongly related to getting enough sleep
Safety - work-related accidents may be linked to sleep deprivation, and it has been speculated that insufficient sleep for just one night can be just as detrimental to your driving ability as an alcoholic drink
If you are not getting enough sleep and believe you may suffer from sleep apnea, remember we offer oral appliances as an alternative to CPAP machines that are comfortable and adjustable.
Randolph Center for Dental Excellence Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman