Surprising Benefits of Sleep
It goes without saying that you feel better after a good night’s sleep. But did you know about all these other bonus benefits?
Enhance Your Beauty
Are you getting enough sleep? If you’re an adult, the recommended amount is between 7 to 9 hours to night. Kids need even more. Need an excuse to get more shut eye? Look no further than these surprising benefits of sleep.
There’s even some truth in the expression “beauty sleep” — getting enough sleep can enhance your natural beauty. It helps keep you looking fresh and glowing, rather than pale and tired, with saggy skin and tell-tale baggy eyes and dark circles.
Why else should you embrace getting enough sleepy? Read on for more compelling reasons!
Control Your Weight
Need to lose a few extra pounds? If so, don’t neglect the importance of sleep! Getting sufficient sleep may help you lose more weight from fat rather than muscle, according to a study by the University of Chicago. Study participants who got 8.5 hours sleep rather than 5.5 hours sleep per night not only lost more fat, they also had less of a hormone that causes hunger. Lack of sleep may actually increase your appetite!
Lack of sleep may lower your pain threshold. In other words, you may be more sensitive to pain if you don’t get enough sleep. A study published in the journal SLEEP showed that an increase in sleep time may reduce pain sensitivity, at the same time as increasing daytime alertness. Sounds like a win-win!
Improve Your Sex Life
According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, up to 26% of couples who are married or living together are frequently too tired to have sex. And lack of sleep has also been linked to reduced testosterone levels in men. The solution? Get more sleepy!