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Sleep is a vital element of your daily routine; you spend around one-third of your time doing it. Sleep is as important to existence as food and drink.
Ignoring the value of sleep may have ramifications for your overall health. Sleep is essential and should not be taken lightly. A human being’s maximal sleep time is 7-8 hours.
Sleep Reduces Stress
Sleep is a powerful stress reliever. It improves concentration, regulates mood, and sharpens judgment and decision-making. A lack of sleep not only reduces mental clarity but our ability to cope with stressful situations.
Cortisol levels rise when we sleep poorly or do not sleep at all. High cortisol levels are helpful in the short term because they increase alertness and vigilance while also increasing heart rate and blood pressure, but they can promote systemic inflammation and alter our hormonal balance over time.
Sleep Improves Your Memory
The link between sleep and memory processing is well established. Sleep serves as an opportunity for the mind to process all the stimuli that we have taken in while we are awake; and triggers changes in the brain that strengthen neural connections helping us to form memories. These memories can be accessed later on through a process called recall, that’s why teachers emphasize the importance of a good night’s sleep before taking a test.
It’s also important to note that while the link between sleep, learning, and memory is complex, we have all experienced the impact that a lack of sleep can have on our concentration and ability to learn efficiently so it’s important to get a good quality of sleep not only to maximize our ability to acquire new information but also to recall the information later and share it with others.
Sleep maintains your body weight and also prevents illnesses. You are also more likely to make unhealthy lifestyle choices when you are tired. Sleep is also very important for your mental health.
Sleep is vital to our health but it may not be possible for all people to get 7 or more hours. For parents spending an hour with their child at the beginning or end of the day may be well worth the tradeoff of sleep. The best way to maintain a healthy life is to take a holistic approach. Monitor how you feel and be sure to create a schedule that emphasizes social connectedness, routine exercise, healthy eating, and rest.