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Importance of sleep to your well-being

Importance of sleep to your well-being
Written by Ragini Salampure

For a long time now, there has been a heated discussion on the amount of time one should take sleeping. Some studies recommend seven hours, while others suggest eight-nine hours. 

But having enough sleep is not only about the total number of hours you sleep. But also the quality and consistency of your sleep. Besides, not getting adequate sleep is disastrous to your health. It may increase your risk of complications like heart diseases, weight gain and reduce the level of your activeness, among other effects.

So, as much as you could have a lot of sleep interference, it’s significantly essential to get enough peaceful and quality time to sleep for your general health and well-being. This article covers some of the best reasons as to why you should get enough regular sleep. 

Here is how sleep is important:

Sleep improves your immune system

Researchers have found that having enough sleep help improve T cells: the immune cells that help your body fight against pathogens and other viral infections like HIV and herpes, among others. 

When you get adequate sleep, your immune cells, and proteins get surplus rest, they need to ward off whatever threats come their way. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine specialist, adequate sleep significantly improves the effectiveness of vaccines, which is a plus to your immune system. 

Sleep help reduce inflammation.

Also related to your immune system, not getting enough sleep would prompt your immune cells to turn against your healthy tissues or organs, triggering tissue-damaging inflammation. Any chronic inflammation can result in several health conditions like ulcers, dementia, and many more. 

However, studies indicate that having enough night’s sleep ensures the body rest, thus triggering cytokine production- the inflammation-associated hormones. These proteins help reduces any tissue or cell inflammation as it facilitates faster recovery hence, innate and adaptive immunity. 

Sleep improves your heart health.

High blood sugar and stress and some of the most common conditions that can increase one’s chances of heart complications. However, getting enough sleep would save you from the risk of heart complications. 

For instance, if you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol-the stress hormone that prompts your heart to pump harder and faster. But getting enough sleep means your heart gets enough rest that ensures it functions appropriately. 

Again, enough sleep ensures your body regulates the blood sugar of the leading risk of heart complications. So, getting enough sleep help lower your blood sugar. And a lower blood sugar means a decreased heart work rate, thus a healthy heart life. 

Adequate sleep ensures improved concentration and productivity

Series of publications confirm that sleep is vital for three aspects of one’s brain:

  • Cognition
  • Concentration
  • Productivity and performance

All three aspects are adversely affected by sleep deprivation. However, getting a suitable night’s sleep means you’ll wake up more relaxed and focused on handling your daily tasks. The chances are high that you’ll get more task handles which in turn increase your productivity. 

Also, enough sleep means a boosted memory, one thing that can determine your productivity or performance level. So, if you get quality sleep, your brain creates pathways that improve your memory retention; some factors are your need for improved performance. 

Getting enough sleep is also vital in:

  • Improving one’s moods and interactions- improves your ability to recognize essential social cues, thus process your emotional information

Conclusion

It’s very vital to have good and quality sleep. During the sleeping time, your body gets enough rest to repair and regain strength from a day’s work; your heart also rests, reducing the blood pressure. This minimizes any heart complications.

Also, during sleeping, your body produces hormones that help fight pathogens or infections, hence boosting immune systems that quickly support recovery and prevent getting sick. Adequate sleep also improves your mental health: concentration, cognition and increases your productivity, amongst other benefits. 

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