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IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD SLEEP

Sleep is the best meditation."

- Dalai Lama


When was the last time you slept for 8 hours straight?

If this question makes you ponder, read this blog till the end..

We often hear how important it is to have a good night's sleep before you kick start your day but most of us shrug it off and burn the midnight oil.


But let me tell you, one hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after.

Sleeping at the right time is also very essential .

You may have slept for 9 hours, but what good is it of, if you slept at 3 am?

They say one should rise before the sun but most millennials sleep just before the sun rises. Ah, don't deny it.

Lack of sleep can cause various health hazards including cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Sad but true.

However, a good nights sleep can benefit you in infinite ways.


Below I've listed 7 Reasons you need to give up on your night owl habits.


1. Keeps your heart healthy.


If you've ever been to work with only 3-4 hours of sleep, you've probably experienced an increase in heart beat, headache, dizziness and blackouts.

This is our body giving us a clear indication of how it requires more sleep to function well.

Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of blood pressure and cholesterol, which are risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Your heart will be healthier if you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.

It's proven.


2. Reduces inflammation.


Lack of sleep releases stress hormones that raise the level of inflammation in your body.

Inflammation causes the body to deteriorate as we age. I know, It's alarming! But do not stress and make sure you go to bed at the right time from today.


3. It helps repair your body.


While we're asleep, our body heals and restores itself. Just like resetting a phone.

Not sure how?

Well, our cells produce more protein while we're asleep. These protein molecules form the building blocks for cells, allowing them to repair the damage caused during the day by UV rays, free radicals, stress, pollution, et cetera.


During this restorative stage of sleep, blood pressure drops, breathing slows down, blood flow moves to the muscles and tissue is repaired.

It's time you start embrace the healing power of sleep!


4. You get smarter.


"If you’re trying to learn something, go to bed". Chances are you’ll remember that speech or perform those dance moves better in the morning.

Sleep is not only critical for staying alert and attentive. We’re now beginning to learn the extent to which it influences our ability to learn and memorize new things.

To all the students reading this, staying up late at night before an exam is not really a good idea if you're looking to score A's.


5. Makes you look better.


Lack of sleep can make the corners of your mouth droopy and oh don't forget to add dark circles and puffy eyes.


Regular and sound sleep can actually makes you look prettier, according to a 2010 study published in the British Medical Journal.

Sleep helps reduce stress hormones that are an underlying cause of various skin problems, mainly acne. It not only makes you look good but also feel good.


Guess, sleeping beauty had it right!


6. Brings out your creative bug.


Researchers at Harvard University and Boston College found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a memory during sleep, which may help spur the creative process.

A good night's sleep may help you create an artistic masterpiece.


7. Balances Metabolic Levels.


There is growing evidence that lack of sleep can affect the basic metabolic functions of storing carbohydrates and regulating hormones.

Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite. If your Metabolic levels

Also, if you sleep early, there's no chance of you sneaking into the kitchen for a midnight snack session.


Early to bed and early to rise can actually make you healthy, wealthy and wise!

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