TOP 10 REASONS WHY SLEEP IS ESSENTIAL TO INTELLIGENCE, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS

TOP 10 REASONS WHY SLEEP IS ESSENTIAL TO INTELLIGENCE, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS

 

TOP 10 REASONS WHY SLEEP IS ESSENTIAL TO INTELLIGENCE, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS

 

Why Is Sleep Important?

  1. Memory During sleep, the brain is actively sorting and storing information from the day’s activities. 
  2. Brain cleaning. Sleep is the brain’s housekeeping period when the toxins that build up during waking hours are flushed out.
  3. Creative Connections. The sleeping brain makes connections from the day’s experiences to previous learning, leading to inferences, associations, problem-solving and deeper-level learning.
  4. Emotion regulation. Those who don’t get enough sleep tend to be more anxious, irritable, and moody, and less able to manage their emotions. Well-rested people feel better. They’re more positive and energetic.
  5. Attention, impulse control, and concentration. Insufficient sleep leads to distractibility, impulsivity, and reduced ability to concentrate, sometimes to the point of mimicking symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
  6. Good judgement depends on adequate sleep. Those who don’t get enough sleep tend to react to irrelevant factors with the same intensity as more important issues.
  7. Somewhat predictably, with impaired emotion regulation and judgement, children who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to present behavior problems.
  8. Physical health. Being well-rested is good for the immune system, helping to prevent and fight infections and many kinds of disease.
  9. Physical growth and repair. The pituitary gland releases growth hormone during sleep, which the body requires for growth, fat breakdown, and repair.
  10. Weight control. Insufficient sleep is associated with obesityand diabetes. Sleep modulates the neuroendocrine system and glucose metabolism.

By Dr Dona Matthews, Development Psychologist and author.

 

 

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