Despite the mountain of evidence showing that, yes, our poor bodies need sleep, we still have a tendency to push it to the backburner when push comes to shove and other priorities come a-calling. Anne-Marie Botek at Care2 has a list of six reasons to get more sleep that may finally push rest to the top of the to-do list once and for all.
1. Slashes stress: Stress can be greatly affected by how much shut-eye you’re getting. Studies show that, when you fail to get the necessary amount of sleep, your brain will hit the panic button, causing your stress levels to elevate. Conversely, when you’re stressed, it can be nearly impossible for you to fall and stay asleep—no matter how tired you are. If you’re unable to control your stress levels, this can turn into a vicious cycle.
2. Magnifies memory: Worried that you might be losing it because you keep forgetting where you put your keys? It might just be that you’re not getting enough sleep. Though the exact process remains elusive, scientists have concluded that sleep plays an essential role in the processing and retention of new information. Memory can be spilt up into three parts: acquisition, consolidation, and recall. While acquisition and recall can occur while a person is awake, consolidation—the process that makes a memory a permanent fixture in a person’s mind—is believed to only occur when a person is asleep.
Full story at Care2.
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