Girls, getting enough sleep is not only essential to function productively each day, but it also has a HUGE impact on your health! Here are 8 reasons why YOU should be getting more zzz's every night!
Wake up feeling refreshed!
1. Weight Woes
Lack of sleep could make you put on weight by drastically slowing your metabolism down! Research shows that when you don't get enough sleep, it drives leptin levels down, which means you don't feel as satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want more food.
We have all woken up after a good night's sleep feeling refreshed ready to take on the day! A bad night's sleep can leave you struggling all day. Got something important on tomorrow? Hop into bed a little earlier tonight to make sure you are well rested tomorrow.
3. Be Happy!
Lack of sleep can make you grumpy and irritable. If you're having "one of those days", chances are you didn't get a good sleep last night so everything is bothering you. When you get home take a bath, get into a pair of fresh PJ's and snooze until morning! You will feel SO much better when you wake up...trust me!
4. Skin & Eyes
Most people experience puffy eyes after a bad sleep but it turns out that regular lack of sleep can lead to dull looking skin dark circles under the eyes.
When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen which is the protein that keeps skin smooth and bright!
5. Sleep on it
We've all heard of "sleeping on a problem". Well, scientists have found that when you do this your brain still looks for a solution, even when you're asleep. Even if you don't wake up with an answer, a good night's sleep will help your brain to assess the problem in a clearer way!
6. You'll be a winner
Did you know that getting extra sleep can even improve your athletic performance? Sleep deprivation reduces your body's ability to store glycogen -- energy that you need during endurance events. Studies have shown that athletes who don't get enough sleep are worse at making split-second decisions and less accurate. So rest up the night before if you have a big game!
7. Keeps You Healthy
Lack of sleep can effect your immune system, which makes you more vulnerable to illness such as colds and flus - blah! Getting between 7-9 hours snooze a night can help boost your immune system and keep you healthy.
8. Memory Boost
Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze! During deep sleep, the brain goes through our impressions of the day in a process vital to memory formation. If you’re trying to learn something new, you’ll actually perform better after sleeping.