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7 Surprising Benefits of Sleep

A regular sleep schedule has many benefits to your life, including better health, mood and weight control. To kick-start your healthy lifestyle, we’ve gathered 7 important and surprising benefits of sleep for you:

 

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  1. You’ll be Happier 🙂

 
Surprise, Surprise! Have you ever heard the saying ‘I slept like a baby last night’? That means you had a good night’s sleep, no doubt. Studies show that if you average at least 7 hours of sleep daily, your body and mind will receive sufficient rest, which will free you from aches, pains, and that grumpy morning mood. It’s true! Get your minimum 7 hours of sleep tonight and watch your mood improve. You’ll be well rested, which will equal to a happier mood.
 

  1. One of the best ways to help stay fit

 
How? Let us explain: Two hormones in your body play an important role in controlling appetite and satisfaction. The first hormone called “Ghrelin stimulates appetite, causing you to eat; The second hormone, leptin, regulates both your appetite and boosts your metabolism. When you get enough hours of sleep, the hormone that produces the leptin in your body is actually stimulated. When included with a healthy diet and daily exercise, this can be an effective and important part of staying fit.
 
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  1. Healthy & Refreshed Skin

 
We’re huge advocates for choosing the right products for your skin, Like Raw Sugar! To add to this, we also recommend healthy activities you can do that will holistically help your overall wellness. One of these activities is sleep. If you didn’t know before, now you know. When you get enough sleep (studies show the daily recommendation is at least 7 hours) your body reduces the production of a stress hormone called cortisol”. Cortisol is a hormone that increases your stress levels, causing the the body to swell. No one wants to look puffy!
 

  1. Improves Immune Function

 
Sleep and your body’s internal clock exerts a strong regulatory influence on immune functions. During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection, inflammation, or when you’re under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. To build those infection-fighting antibodies and cells is simple. The answer is sleep, just what the doctor prescribed.
 
So, your body needs sleep to help fight infectious diseases. Long-term positive effects of restful sleep with enough hours will elongate your overall health periods, helping you age better- Giving you a stronger immune system!
 

 

  1. Enhances Your Creativity

 
Encouraging a regular healthy nights sleep will also help you think more clearly and aid your memory, making creativity come more easily.  Creativity isn’t just for artists – Even if you work with spreadsheets all day, the ability to connect ideas in new ways can help you improve at work. How many hours of sleep are you going to get tonight?
 

  1.  Heal Your Wounds

 
A restful night’s sleep can promote efficient wound healing. A study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that subjects experiencing sleep deprivation had fewer capillary vessels and fibroblasts, which are essential for recovery. This suggests that poor sleep may inhibit the wound healing process. Interesting?

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  1.  Better Memory and Learning Skills

 
There’s no better feeling than that of waking up fresh and positive. Well, Sugar, the choice is yours, as sufficient sleep hours will help you feel this way. Studies show that sleep loss actually affects how your memory can be and can lead to making silly mistakes like leaving your phone at home, or keys in the fridge! It even aids with better learning efficiency. For a clearer and more sharp thinking brain- Get your minimum 7 hours of sleep.

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