Source: www.africanakua.com | Dr. Olasemo Ayodeji MaOzi, Nigeria
“Sleep,” that seemingly actionless activity that motivational speakers tell you is not necessary if you want to make it in life, happens to be an important aspect of our lives. I have come with my gospel to highlight some of its benefits.
During sleep you can consolidate memories and skills learned while you were awake.
Want to learn a new skill? Then, get enough sleep before and after (not during)
Adequate restful sleep has been shown to improve creativity in all aspects of our lives.
REDUCE INFLAMMATORY PROCESSES.
Research has shown that people who get less than 6 hours of sleep have higher level of inflammatory proteins in blood.
Which increases risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging.
Studies have shown that a person is more likely to lose weight faster when he/she is well rested than those who are sleep deprived. (its not too late to get in shape)
Most road traffic accidents occur from transient loss of attention while driving which could be avoided by adequate restful sleep.
It improves mood and reduce anxiety. We are more emotionally stable when we have good sleep.
Continuous lack of sleep can affect the Immune system, thus, making a person more susceptible to infections and diseases.
It also improves attention span and creative focus. Thus, It is safe to assume it makes you smarter (or at least appear to be).
POINTS TO NOTE;
– The required duration of sleep is about 7-8 hours each night for peak health benefits.
– Sleeping for more than 9 hours of sleep every night may do more harm than good.
-While napping during the day does not necessarily make up for poor nighttime sleep, a short nap (20-30mins) could improve mood and alertness.