Sleeping is considered one of life’s best luxuries, but it’s also necessary for good health! In this season of gratitude and appreciation, we’ve got a list of 5 reasons to be thankful for the benefits of sleep. Which one are you most thankful for?
1. Sleep Helps You Lose Weight:
If you’re waking up at the crack of dawn for an early workout and staying up late to meal prep the next day’s healthy snacks, you may be missing a crucial component of your fitness plan: rest. Getting enough sleep is crucial for your metabolism and fat loss efforts. When you’re not sleeping enough, your body is under additional stress, which means it holds onto fat and makes exercising more difficult.
2. Sleep Helps You Learn & Focus:
As you come into contact with new information each day, your brain helps you remember and learn it for long-term use. A lot of the heavy lifting on this process happens when you sleep, so lack of sleep often means lack of focus and function. You might make careless mistakes or typos, be a little more clumsy, or forget things easier when you’re running on very little sleep. Get some rest and be thankful for an important benefit of sleep, your sharp mental faculties when you’re running on a full tank.
3. Sleep Helps You Stay Healthy:
There’s a reason your body shuts down and sleeps through a lot of illnesses: sleep is an important factor in the immune system. Sleeping off a cold or the flu is one thing, but getting sufficient sleep can also help prevent or manage chronic illness and disease like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
4. Sleep Helps You Reduce Stress:
Stress and sleep have a close relationship. You might be stressed because you can’t sleep, or you might not sleep well because you’re so stressed. On and on the cycle goes, and the bottom line is that getting enough sleep helps you manage and reduce stress on a regular basis. When you’re not well rested, you’re more likely to be irritable and have mood swings, which make minor inconveniences seem like insurmountable obstacles. When you get a full night’s sleep on a regular basis, you’ll naturally reduce stress and return to normal sleep patterns.
5. Sleep Helps You Maintain Mental Health:
While sleeping too much can be a symptom of depression, healthy sleep hygiene is important to maintaining your mental health. Deliberately staying up too late or forcing an early wake time on a regular basis isn’t healthy for your body or mind.
Give Thanks and Get Rest
The benefits of sleep are a gift that keep on giving.
We hope you have a happy, and restful, Thanksgiving holiday. Let us know why you’re thankful for a good night’s sleep!