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10 Reasons Why Sleep is Important

10 Reasons Why Sleep is Important:

1. Prevent weight gain.
Short sleep duration is associated with an increased risk of weight gain and obesity in both children and adults.

2. Eat fewer calories.
Poor sleep affects hormones that regulate appetite. Those who get adequate sleep tend to eat fewer calories those who don't.

3. Improve concentration and productivity.
Good sleep can maximize problem-solving skills and enhance emeory.  Poor sleep has been shown to impair brain function.

4. Maximize Athletic Performance.
Longer sleep has been shown to improve many aspects of athletic and physical performance.

5. Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Sleeping less than 7-8 hours a night is linked to an increase risk of heart disease and stroke.

6. Improves glucose metabolism and reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Sleep deprivation can cause prediabetes in healthy adults in as little as 6 days.  Many studies have shown a strong link between short sleep duration and Type 2 Diabetes.

7. Improve your mood.
Poor sleeping patterns are strongly linked to depression, particularly for those with a sleep disorder.

8. Improve your immune function.
Getting at least 8 hours of sleep can improve your immune function and help fight the common cold.

9. Reduce inflammation in your body.
Sleep affects your body's inflammatory resposes.  Poor sleep is lined to inflammatory bowel disease and can increase your risk of disease recurrence.

10. Improve your ability to interact socially.
Sleep deprivation may reduce your social skills and ability to recognize people's emotional expressions




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