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Health Benefits of Sleep

 


 

Sleep keeps your heart healthy.

Add sleep deprivation to the list of risk factors that can leave you spending a lot of time in a cardiologist’s office. Poor sleep quality is linked to heart health problems, from high blood pressure to heart attacks. Here’s why: Regularly shortchanging yourself on sleep can lead to a surge in stress hormones such as cortisol. The uptick in stress hormones compels your ticker to respond by working harder, and it doesn’t get the rest it needs.

It prevents you from packing on pounds.

A good night’s rest won’t necessarily result in losing weight, but it can keep you from adding unwanted pounds. First, sleeplessness cranks up production of the hormone ghrelin, which boosts appetite. It also leads to a decrease in the hormone leptin, which signals feeling full. And by making you more stress-prone and low-energy, lack of sleep reduces your ability to fight junk food cravings. Give in to the office vending machine, and that candy bar will send your blood sugar surging, then crashing, leaving your appetite raging all over again.

It lowers your odds of a car crash.

 

This is because a sleep debt slows your reaction time and reduces your ability to focus, driving a car when you’re low on sleep is statistically as dangerous as driving drunk. Research backs this up: People who regularly sleep six to seven hours per night are twice as likely to get in an accident as those who usually score at least eight hours, according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Catch less than five hours, and your odds of a crash quadruple, reports the study.