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Somehow, our society has got it all backwards when it comes to sleep. How often do you hear people bragging about pulling all-nighters, or saying things like, “I only need 5 hours of sleep a night,” or “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”?
That's bonkers. Your body needs sleep. In my past life, I stayed up till 3am watching TV. And wondered why I felt crap the next day!
There are so many benefits to sleep, but I’m just going to give you five of them (and I really think that these five are compelling reasons to hit the sack a little earlier tonight).
You Will Look Better
Isn’t that enough of a reason to get 7-9 hours of sleep, on average? Who wants to walk around looking and feeling awful every day? No, me neither!
Sleep has a Major Impact on Weight Loss and Maintenance
There are two regulatory hormones in our bodies that are majorly impacted by sleep deprivation. Ghrelin tells your body when to eat. If you don’t get enough sleep, this hormone increases. Leptin tells you when to stop eating. If you don’t get enough sleep, leptin levels go down!
So let's say you’re running on 3 hours of sleep, you’ve got ghrelin telling you it’s time to eat all day, and leptin is slacking off so you’re eating way too much. It’s like these little monsters are trying to get you to eat, eat, eat!
Getting enough sleep will really help you eat the right amount of food. And eating the right types and amounts of food can also help you sleep better at night.
You Will Think More Clearly
It’s just a fact that when you’re tired, your brain can't function as well. We all know it! Maybe that's why you feel your brain doesn't work in the morning without a cup of coffee. Or, if you’re tired in the afternoon and you’re trying to think, it doesn’t work as well.
You’re More Pleasant to be Around
No surprises, you’re much more pleasant to be around when you’re well rested. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re just going to be tired and grouchy.
Life's Less Fun When You’re Tired
Sure, there will be days when you’re more tired than usual, but you don’t want “tired” to be your average running pace through life. Do you really want to drive your car in 1st gear every day? No!
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