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July 20, 2016


Top reasons to get your beauty sleep

The older we get the more we appreciate the simple pleasures in life. In today’s busy world, our chaotic lives keep us permanently in a state of high alert. We are bombarded by life’s daily stresses and struggles, so much so that sometimes we forget to take the right care of ourselves.

One of the first things that falls by the wayside when it comes to self care is sleep. As adults we often underestimate the effects of lack of sleep until it’s much too late. There is a very common misconception that if you don’t get enough sleep during the week, you can sleep late over the weekend and catch up. The truth is we never really ‘catch up’ on lost sleep.

While not everyone needs the same amount of sleep, there is definitely a minimum number of hours that we all need to function at our best, and it is generally accepted that this is somewhere between six and eight hours.

Here are ten reasons not to burn the candle at both ends and stay home on a Friday night to catch up on your beauty sleep:

1. Beauty sleep

This a literal benefit of sleep. Cellular repair and regeneration are at their optimal levels during sleep. So while you are far far away in dreamland, your body is recharging and repairing itself, ready for whatever the world throws at you the next day.

2. Behind the scenes

Sleep is the brain’s time to slow down, wind down and operate in the background consolidating what it has learned during the day. Everything that you learn is reinforced while you sleep so that the next day you can take what you know and perform better than the day before.

3. Live long, live strong

It has been statistically proven that those who sleep better live better. Not only does good sleep make us happier better rounded adults, but it also helps to reduce inflammation that is associated with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, strokes and diabetes. A lack of sleep can cause depression, anxiety and highly elevated stress levels. It can also cause us to be careless and have nasty accidents. There is a reason they say don’t operate heavy machinery if you haven’t had enough sleep.

4. The weight of the world

Sleep and weight loss are closely linked. Most people tend to eat more or make bad food choices when they are tired. It’s much easier to pick up a takeaway at the end of along day than go home and cook a meal. In addition, sleep and weight are they both controlled by the same part of the brain, but the production of leptin, which is a metabolic hormone that controls appetite, is regulated by sleep. So, next time you get on the scale and can’t understand why you aren’t losing those extra kilos consider a nap.

5. Attention!

Sleep improves concentration, reduces hyperactivity and generally improves productivity.

So, next time you consider pulling an all nighter, reconsider. Remember that optimal health can only be achieved when we look after ourselves and enough sleep is one way of doing this. And of course, a good mattresses goes a long way towards a good night’s sleep! Need a new mattress? Browse our selection, right now.


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