There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done. You are staying up later and waking up earlier. Rather than cutting down your to-do list though, you cut down on sleep. Although you are getting more done during the day, you are missing out on the benefits that a good night’s sleep can give you.

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

How much sleep you need, really depends on how old you are. As a newborn, you need anywhere from 12-18 hours of sleep every day. The amount of required sleep decreases with age. As an adult, it is recommended that you get about 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

Notice that said “every night”. It didn’t say “all week” or “every couple nights.” Some adults would laugh at the thought of being able to get that much sleep, but it is very important to their health that they try.

Benefits of Sleep

Sleeping has many benefits. There isn’t enough room in this blog post to list them all, but I can list a few important ones.

Healthier Cardiovascular System. Your cardiovascular system is constantly under pressure. By getting the sleep recommended, you allow your system to rest as well.

Weight Control. Sleep helps your body regulate the hormones that affect hunger and appetite. Without enough sleep, these hormones become out balance and can increase your cravings and appetite.

Improved Memory. Your brain is busy organizing and correlating information while you sleep. Your brain is also better able to process new experiences, knowledge and information. After a good night’s sleep, you don’t have that foggy feeling that makes if difficult to think at all.

Sleep On This

Sleeping is very important and has many health benefits. Not getting enough can have many negative effects. You may not get the same amount of work done during the day by making yourself sleep a little more, but your body will thank you.

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