Whether you had a good day or a bad day, no matter how old you are, your body needs a certain amount of sleep. We can not live without sleep. Sleep heals our body in many ways we don’t even think about. Every night, when we close our eyes and go to the land of sleep, in the background, our bodies are working like a big machine, fixing things, repairing, recreating, organizing…
But according to a new study, women need more sleep than men! That’s right guys. So let her sleep in!
“We found that for women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger. In contrast, these feelings were not associated with the same degree of sleep disruption in men.”
Of the 210 participants, the study found that women who did not acquire a proper amount of sleep suffered from greater health complications.
Here are 7 crucial things that happen to our bodies while we sleep and why it’s so important to let the woman in your life sod off for those few extra hours.
- Sleep makes our immune system stronger
When we don’t get enough sleep, we wake up tired and already vulnerable to stress and anxiety. Two major factors that weaken our immune system. A good rest, is what our body needs to rebuild itself to fight the enemies. A strong immune system not only protects us from mentally being tired, but also physically being tired. A strong body has the capability to fight things like even simple flu viruses or countless other diseases that we may encounter.
- Sleep regulates our body temperature
In order to get a healthy sleep, we need a certain temperature. Not too high or not too cold. During hot summer nights, when we are sweating a lot at night, when we go to bed, we usually find it hard to fall asleep or staying asleep. Same for cold winter nights, imagine your feet are cold constantly. They say, if your feet are cold, you can not fall asleep. It is true if you think about it. So the temperature is important. But regardless, when we sleep, our body temperature goes down automatically to a desirable level so we can fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Sleep rejuvenates our skin
Not only it rejuvenates our skin but it also helps healing the inflammation we might have on our skin. When you see someone in the morning looking really tired, you can tell they look unhealthy, older than they actually are, with pale skin. If we can’t regulate our sleep schedule it ends up taking a toll on our skin. Especially our faces, with bags under our eyes or black circles, a general unhealthy appearance. Not getting enough sleep elevates the stress hormones like we said before, and stress is also another factor in our appearance. A stressful person looks unhappy and tired because their body never has the time to recharge.
- Sleep is necessary for a healthy heart
Science knows now how sleep is necessary for a healthy heart. People who sleep less than 7 hours on a regular basis have a higher risk for heart attacks. So we should try to sleep at least 7 hours if not full 8 hours of sleep. Because sleep regulates inflammation, stress, blood circulation. When we have sleep deprivation we become more susceptible to cardiovascular diseases even if we are smokers or nonsmokers, overweight or not. Your age also does not matter when it comes to sleep deprivation and heart health.
- Sleep regulates your blood pressure
We are going back to negative effects of stress hormones in our bodies that increase with lack of sleep. Stress is another major cause for high blood pressure. A good amount of sleep is needed for a healthy nervous system. Researches show that people who sleep less than 6 hours per day are more prone to high blood pressure.If you have sleep apnea, where you stop breathing periodically during your sleep, it is also believed to be one of the contributing factors to high levels of blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.
- Sleep regulates our metabolism
A good night’s sleep believe it or not helps us burn fat in the future. How so? When we get enough sleep, our body releases a hormone called leptin. This hormone is responsible of our sweet cravings, cravings for bad snacks etc. When we don’t get enough sleep, our body does not have the time it needs to release the amount that is necessary for this hormone to start working in our system. And when we wake up the next day, our blood sugar level will be irregular. Lack of leptin causes a drop in blood sugar which makes us crave for sweets and fatty snacks, sodas… and the more we consume sugar, the more we will crave for it.
- Sleep organizes our brains
It is absolutely necessary to get enough sleep in order for our brains to function in a healthy way. During the sleep, our brains get rid of unnecessary thoughts and keeps the necessary ones. It organizes our thoughts and gives us more room to learn more things. So in other words, with a well-organized brain, our learning capacity increases as well. In the opposite case, where we don’t get enough sleep, we wake up confused and already messed up before the day has started. When our brain is not organized, it can not create room for new information to come in. Because it is still full of unnecessary things from the day before even days before.
So do your best to go to sleep at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every day. Try to sleep about 8 hours daily, if not at least 7 hours.
Originally published here at isoulscience.com July 28 2016