Health and Fitness

Why You Need To Sleep Better

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You will probably have been told that you need to sleep well to feel healthy. This is true. Getting a good night’s sleep is highly beneficial to your health, and if you continue to sleep poorly (either you don’t sleep for long enough or you keep waking during the night, so you’re not sleeping deeply enough), then you can develop some serious health complications, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression.

Sleep is as important to your health as regular exercise and a healthy diet, yet there are many things that can interfere with you getting a good night’s sleep. The modern world may have some wondering innovations, but it can also cause it to sleep poorly thanks to blue light, social media, constantly being contactable, and more.

Knowing why you need to sleep better might help you to do more to achieve that sleep; read on to find out more.

Poor Sleep Can Cause High Body Weight

If you’ve been putting on a few pounds recently and you don’t know why – particularly if your diet and exercise routines are good – it could be because of a lack of sleep. People who don’t sleep for long enough periods of time (around seven to nine hours for an adult and more for a child) tend to be heavier than those who do sleep well. Studies have suggested that lack of sleep is one of the biggest factors (aside from diet) as to why people are overweight.

It is likely the reason for this is that when you sleep less, you are, of course, more tired, and this can mean you are less motivated to take part in any exercise. It could also be due to your hormones; when you don’t sleep enough, too many can be produced (or not enough in some cases), and this can lead to weight gain. Plus, when you sleep well, you will often find you need fewer calories during the day to keep your energy levels up.

Poor Sleep Can Cause Wrinkles

For those who want to slow down the aging process, getting a good night’s sleep is a great way to do it. Lack of sleep can dry out your skin, making you appear older than you are and even making your skin itchy and uncomfortable. Yet this is not the worst of it.

Sleep deprivation can mean that you produce fewer growth hormones, and this will affect your skin’s elasticity – you won’t produce as much collagen. This leads to lines and wrinkles. You can invest in the NuFACE Trinity ELE attachment to reduce these wrinkles, particularly the ones around your lips and eyes, but you must also start to sleep better; otherwise, you’ll keep undoing the good work you’re putting in with your skincare routine.

Poor Sleep Is Linked To Depression

There are a number of mental health issues that are directly linked to a lack of sleep, and depression is one of these. Studies have shown that as many as 90 percent of those who have depression also suffer from some kind of sleeping disorder, or at the very least, a lack of quality sleep.

The sooner you can develop good habits around sleep, the better your health and wellbeing will be. Of course, not sleeping isn’t the only reason for depression, and it won’t ‘cure’ you if you do develop it – you’ll need to see a doctor for specialist advice – but it can certainly help.

Amenorhu kwaku
Amenorhu Kwaku

Amenorhu kwaku is an author, internet marketer and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SuccessValley, a network community for students and aspiring entrepreneurs