The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

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For busy Americans, getting a good dose of shut eye is usually very low on the priority list. We are often over-scheduled and a mere 24 hours in one day never seems to be enough. However, we also forget that a good night’s sleep has numerous health benefits. Here are some top reasons why sleep can help, not hinder, your productivity. No matter which of the following points appeals to you most, get motivated to get all your Zzzs today.

Benefits of Sleep
Skimping on sleep? Don’t forget that sleep can:

  • Improve your concentration and focus
  • Improve your memory; things you have learned during the day are reinforced while you sleep
  • Improve your productivity and creativity
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your health while strengthening your immune system
  • Improve your reaction time
  • Give you a healthier and more attractive physical look
  • Help you maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce inflammation which reduces your risk of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke
  • Keep your heart healthy and reduces risk for heart attack
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce stress in your life
  • Reduce your chance for diabetes
  • Increase your lifespan
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Increase your endurance, strength and concentration during athletics and other physical activities
  • Reduce your risk of depression

Dangers of not getting enough sleep:
It is important to remember that a lack of sleep can have less productive and even dangerous consequences. Without sleep:

  • You could fall asleep while driving or doing other activities
  • You could experience poor judgment when making decisions
  • Your performance and ability at school or work could decrease significantly

Tips for better sleep:
Now that you are convinced that sleep can offer real and important benefits, here are some techniques to use when you are trying to finally fall asleep.

  • Aim for 7 to 8 hours of solid sleep
  • Don’t  do any work in bed or before you go try to fall asleep
  • Spend more time outdoors to take advantage of natural light that helps regulate sleep
  • Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine close to bedtime
  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Keep a consistent sleeping and waking schedule
  • Make your room a relaxing place without distractions

Medical Center Arlington wants to help you get the most out of your sleep. Visit our Sleep Studies center to learn more about how you can get enough high quality sleep. If you are one of the estimated 70 million Americans with some form of a sleep disorder, you might benefit from a sleep study. For a physician referral who can assist you with your sleep concerns, please contact our physician referral line at 1-855-868-6262.

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