Every day, it seems, science and research is showing more and more the important benefits of a good night's sleep for fitness, mental agility, and even good looks!
Getting Fit with Sleep!
Today we know that sleep helps burn fat and build muscle! That's because your body's bones, muscles, and tissue get worn down during the day. At night, when you sleep, your body is busy repairing your bones, muscles, and tissues! You really are refreshing your whole body while you sleep! Plus if you are doing an exercise regimen, the point is to tear down your muscles - even more than normal activities - so that they will grow back bigger and stronger.
If you don't get enough sleep, your body won't have time to build that muscle tissue back up. So you will lose some of the benefits of your exercise! You might say that a good regular 8 hours of sleep is just as important as exercising and eating right.
Getting Smart with Sleep!
Mentally, we all know the benefits of waking up clear-headed. Again, research shows that sleep "resets" the brain allowing more growth and learning the next day. Studies also show that students who sleep well in quantity and quality do much better in school.
Getting a Memory Boost with Sleep!
Recent research shows that people who have just practiced a task - and then dream about it - get a major memory boost on the task when they awake. But those who dream about anything else don't get that memory boost. Neither do those who stay awake but just think about the task. Scientists say that it's not the dream that's causing the memory boost, rather it's the brain's memory-fortifying processes during sleep that's causing the dream.
Getting Good-Looking with Sleep!
By the way, have you ever noticed that when you get a really good night's sleep you look ten years younger? You might spend hundreds of dollars for creams and lotions for your face, but nothing will help you look and feel better than a good night's sleep ...night after night! Scientists say that it's not the dream that's causing the memory boost, rather it's the brain's memory-fortifying processes during sleep that's causing the dream.
Getting a Longer Life with Sleep!
Numerous studies show that there's an unequivocal link between poor sleeping patterns and premature death. Less than six hours of sleep a night led to a 12% increased risk of premature death compared with those who slept six to eight hours a night.