Modern day humans are incredibly busy, being pulled in several directions at any given time, forcing us to deprioritize some of the bare essentials for health and survival, namely sleep. While it often seems easier to push ourselves to stay up one hour later to get that one last item off our daily to-do list it can be causing a lot more harm then we know. Often the effects of sleep deprivation don’t materialize right away but they can have very negative and lasting effects.

In an attempt to turn the tables and help people prioritize the importance of sleep we have come up with a list of a few of the health benefits from getting a good night’s sleep.

  1. Sleeping can improve your memory and help you learn something new. While you sleep your mind strengthens memories and practices any new skills learned while we were awake through a process called consolidation.
  2. Sleep can help you to live longer. Studies have shown that adults who regularly get less than 6 hours of sleep per night have a shorter lifespan that those who get more than 6 hours per night. It can also improve the quality of your later life, making you happier and more energetic during those twilight years.
  3. Getting more than 6 hours of sleep per night can help prevent inflammation. Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Studies have shown that those who regularly get less than 6 hours of sleep per night have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins.
  4. Athletic ability has been proven to increase with the amount of sleep you get in a night. Athletes who are able to consistently get more than 8 hours of sleep per night have shown an increase in both performance and stamina.
  5. While this should come as no surprise, it has been proven that students who regularly get a good night’s sleep are able to pay attention more in class and receive higher grades than those who are sleep deprived.
  6. Consistently getting a good night’s sleep has also been proven to help with weight loss. Those who are getting proper amounts of sleep have shown that they burn significantly more fat than their counterparts with less sleep who burn far less fat and actually lose muscle mass instead. Lack of sleep can also increase the desire to snack which can have negative effects on weight loss programs.
  7. The more you sleep the better you are able to control your blood pressure and manage stress. Those who do not get enough sleep are significantly more prone to stress and have a harder time managing it.

While these are just a few of the many health benefits linked to a good night’s sleep it is clear that bed time should be a high priority for us all.