In my last post I talked about tips for healthy aging and I forgot to mention sleep! A colleague pointed out my transgression and I’ll have to admit I must have been sleeping.
Part of living a healthy lifestyle is getting adequate sleep. It benefits your mind and body and much more. Here are some benefits of sleeping that will make your days happier and healthier.
-Less Stress-Adequate sleep lowers stress which can effect cardiovascular health and lower inflammation.
-Improved Mood-Quality sleep effects outlook and mood. Lack of adequate sleep effects the brain and can cause mood and behavior changes that lead to depression.
-Fights Disease-Sleep deprivation alters immune function. Sleep effects our disease fighting cells, so adequate sleep can protect us from colds and flu and even fight against cancer.
Memory and Learning-Sleep helps commit new information to memory. Adequate sleep improves our ability to learn and process information which can help improve performance and creativity.
Weight Control-Sleep actually can effect our diet. Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. Studies show that dieters with adequate sleep lost more fat than those that were sleep deprived.
No matter what is going on in your life, always set aside time for self care. Sleep is one way to do that. I believe it was Ben Franklin who said, “Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.” Take that to the bank.
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In good health and sleep,