Sick of defending your naps and lie-ins to your parents? Sarah Talty tells us five reasons why more sleep is benefiting us.
Have you ever considered sleeping your way to success? According to Huffington Post Co-Founder Arianna Huffington, the world is in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis and is in need of nothing short of a sleep revolution. Young people in particular need extra sleep, and when they get it, report increased productivity levels, happiness and better decision making-something every student could benefit from. If sleep is food for the brain then skipping it could be deadly.
 
Here are 5 reasons why you should be taking full advantage of your beauty sleep:
 
1. Sleep helps you build muscle more easily.
Some of us think that our bodies are useless when we sleep. But did you know that your body uses that time to repair damage done to your cell and tissue during the day when you’re active? Also, during slow wave sleep, your body releases a growth hormone. Which means that you can work out all you want,but without having a good night’s sleep your body won’t have the time to build muscle. In fact, lack of sleep is linked to muscle atrophy.
 
2. Sleep gives you better skin.
It’s amazing knowing you can sleep your way to better skin. When we sleep, our skin cells regenerate and our skin produces a growth hormone and collagen. Not getting enough sleep means dry and tired looking skin and dark circles. Your skin will also lack moisture without a decent night sleep. So forget about all those creams, the key to a fresh face in the morning is plenty of water and a good night’s sleep.
 
3. Sleep helps you make memories.
Often we cram for exams pulling all nighters, when in fact we should be sleeping more to improve our memories. While we sleep, our brains properly absorb and store what we’ve learned and what has happened throughout the day. So without sleeping, we wouldn’t remember half as much and it’s especially important around exam time.
 
4. Sleep will make you happier.
A tired person is a cranky person. We know that not getting enough sleep will make us more irritable and stressed, but we do it anyway because we’re stressed and busy and less sleep simply adds to that. It’s a viscious cycle. A lack of sleep only magnifies your stress, and therefore the people who sleep an average 8-10 hours a night are more alert, happier and less stressed because they’re able to deal with tasks better.
 
5. Sleep is good for your health.
We don’t directly think of sleep as something we do for our health, for many it’s just something we do at the end of the day. But numerous studies have found a link between insufficient sleep and some serious health problems, such as heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, stroke and obesity.
 
So the next time your mam is yelling at you to get up, you’ll be armed with these useful facts.