Benefits of uninterrupted sleep

Benefits Of Uninterrupted Sleep

Benefits of uninterrupted sleep

A warm cosy bed with the right temperature is what we crave after a long stressful day. Although we meet the minimum hours of sleep, many of us don’t have the luxury of 8-hour long. From a young age, we have been familiarised with the idea of a healthy routine while we weren’t educated on its health benefits. As an extension, when we got older, we thought 8-hour long sleep benefits are a myth.

Unbelievable benefits of prolonged slumber- 

  • Improves your memory

Memory is requisite in survival as it plays a significant role in learning and remembering, also, procures life lessons accompanied by satisfaction, happiness and a range of other emotions. However, have you ever wondered about the benefits of sleep in improving memory? Our memories get processed and consolidated when we are asleep. Therefore, our brains require a long night to arrange our memories in order. That means, less sleep can create false memories. Prolonged studies on why we sleep and dream haven’t arrived at a climax, while they have proven that sleep is vital in memory consolidation. 

  • Boosts your immune system

Why do we sleep more when we are down with an illness?  It is when our body heals and strengthens our immune cells and proteins to fight off these pathogens. T cells perform an essential part in one’s immune system as it activates integrins, a sticky type of protein to eliminate the virally infected cell in the body. In addition, some data illustrates that sleep can also strengthen the efficiency of vaccines. 

  • Prevent weight gain

No factual information confirms that sleep is tantamount to any exercise or diet plan in controlling obesity or being overweight. While it likely performs a crucial part in maintaining your body weight or obesity. Agreeably, hormones produced by our bodies highly influence our moods and impulses. Lack of sleep can induce fluctuation in hormone secretion that results in weight gain or obesity. How does it happen? Ghrelin and leptin are two of these hormones which influence our appetite. Sleep deprivation generates ghrelin which augments one's craving and lessens the generation of leptin which alerts one that the belly is full. The aforementioned prompts one into unhealthy snacking also makes you more vulnerable to sickness.  

  •  Moodlifter

Both long and inadequate sleep can equally affect one’s mood swing. You wouldn’t want to mess around with people who have had less sleep as they are likely to be more irritable, stressed, angry and mentally exhausted. An uninterrupted sleep of about 7 hours is enough for one to boost their mood and feel pleasant.

  •  Augments productivity

Do you remember this quote from an iconic book, Gone with the wind, “I will think about it tomorrow”? It explicitly implies that a good night's sleep can improve a person’s ability to perceive things clearly and arrive at practical solutions quickly. Investigations confirm that sleep stimulates improved concentration and better cognitive function. 

  •  Better performance

Studies show that a long uninterrupted slumber can make one more active and productive both professionally and personally. They are likely to have more stamina and strength to engage in various activities from morning till evening without experiencing fatigue. 

  •  Reduces inflammation

Series of sleep disorders increases stress hormones which tend to inflate the level of inflammation in the body. This situation puts one's well-being at risk of developing permanent health-related issues like diabetes, heart issues, so on. When you are asleep, your body relaxes and aims to repair damages caused by external factors such as stress, ultraviolet light and other unwanted exposure. 

  •  Reduces stress

One surviving through 48 hours without sleep is no longer an unusual matter. Nevertheless, this behaviour can have an impact on enhanced stress and mood swings. In addition, it induces high blood pressure and generates stress hormones. The aforementioned high blood pressure can increase your risk for cardiac issues and the stress hormones which make it harder to fall asleep. 

  •  Reduces the risk of depression

Studies extensively illustrate depression and sleep are closely linked. Sleep deprivation is the early symptom of depression and vice versa. This is well conducted by a hormone called serotonin. People who suffer from depression are the ones who have serotonin deficiencies. A night of sleep between 7 to 9 hours can prevent this from happening. 

"How to handle insomnia" is a popular search on the internet. There are numerous influencers to a sleep disorder while one’s mental state is core. As in, relentless stress or anxiety drives abnormal sleep patterns. 

A regular sleep-wake schedule is the best way forward 

  • Try not to take naps during the day, especially not soon before the bedtime
  • Avoid drinking or overeating prior to bedtime
  • Have dinner two or three hours before bedtime
  • Incorporate a workout plan into your daily routine, also, do not exercise right before the bedtime
  • Go to bed and get up at a fixed hour on each day
  • Avoid the consumption of nicotine, caffeine and alcohol before the end of the day. 
  • Shower or a warm bath before bed can make a huge positive difference in one’s sleep pattern.
  • Try to go to bed when you are extremely exhausted.
  • Drinking caffeine-free tea, engaging in stress-free activities can be a plus
  • Meditation or reading before bed is always helpful, this way you can relax and clear your mind
  • A cosy bed and darkroom or set your room the way you like it. 
  •  Most importantly, keep mobile phones and laptops away from the bed. 
  • In case you are a light sleeper then don’t forget your eye mask and sound machine/ earplugs to block undesired light and sounds.  

If you arrange the above suggestions in a proper order then you would already have a healthy routine plan. And the next move is to inculcate it in your lifestyle which would make all the difference as it can bring regularity and quality to your lifestyle. In a few days, you will be surprised to notice extra-time in your hand. Ultimately, this plan can undoubtedly improve your time management skills and aid you to get a peaceful slumber. 

Aren’t these reasons good enough for you to introduce an 8 hour-long sleep in your daily routine? So, Let’s try to develop a consistent sleep pattern from here on.

- Sanika Santhosh

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