Surprising Health benefits of sleep


Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together- Thomas Dekker.
As a result of the daily running around, we all do for survival and to make a decent living. We would realize that we have little time for a sound sleep each day.We also forget that good sleep is also a requirement needed for a good health.

Here are some of the surprising health benefits of sleep you don’t even know about.

  1. It curbs inflammation

Research has shown that people who get less sleep (six or fewer hours) a night have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more sleep.

This means lack of enough sleep can lead to a higher blood level of inflammatory protein. Also, inflammation has been linked to premature aging, heart disease, stroke e.t.c.

To prevent inflammation and also some of these health issues linked to inflammation always try to get enough sleep.

  1. Better mood

Getting enough sleep can help to regulate your emotions. Have you ever noticed when you get less sleep you get cranky and get pissed at any little thing around you? Sleep helps to put you in a good mood which helps your mental health because you are emotionally stable.

  1. Improve memory

Sound sleep improves memory because your body get to relax and you wake up feel energized and in a better mood. This enables you to have a good memory and concentrate better which leads to better grades or results.

  1. Sleep helps prevent migraines.

 In South Korea, a research was conducted, migraine sufferers use a headache tracking diary on their smartphone to try to identify common migraine triggers. The results have shown that sleep deprivation, fatigue, coupled with stress, came out to be the top three identified triggers.

Another study published in a journal headache demonstrated a decrease in migraines when women who were prone to them got more sleep.

Sleep keeps your appetite hormones in check.

Your body has hormones that are at work constantly to send signals that create feeling of hunger and fullness. Studies have also shown that these hunger hormones which are: ghrelin, leptin, and insulin are disrupted when sleep is cut short.

Additionally, studies have found feelings of hunger increase when one is sleep-deprived, and those who haven’t gotten enough rest have a tendency to choose higher-calorie “comfort” food. These leads to increase in weight.

Therefore, to maintain a stable weight, it is advisable to get enough sleep.


Written by

Temitope Ikusika



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