8 reasons to sleep 8 hours

Our bodies need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night to function properly. We hear that all the time. Does getting enough sleep really matter? Or are you just a little more tired the next day?

The next time you’re considering skipping out on some ZZZs consider these reasons why you should get about 8 hours of sleep each night:

Improves your memory. Sleeping doesn’t just revive your body; it stimulates your memory as well. Studies have shown that people who frequently sleep less than 6 hours per night are often more forgetful. So keep your memories and make a point to get some extra shuteye.

Reduces accidents. You know those days, where you spill your coffee, run into walls and just have an all-around clumsy day? The odds are good that being accident-prone is because of a lack of sleep. Every year, thousands of sleepy heads cause car accidents and injure other people. If you haven’t had enough sleep, reconsider driving.

Boosts your immune system. Feel like you’re getting sick more often than you should? Evaluate your sleeping patterns. You may find that you’re not clocking enough hours in your bed sleeping. Your body fights off infections during your sleep.

Regulates your hormones. As you count sheep each night, your body takes that time to regulate your hormones. Those hormones control growth and appetite, meaning that not sleeping enough can actually make you gain weight. Yikes!

Improves your skin. Everyone loves to have glowing skin. The best way to achieve this look and keep your skin wrinkle free is to get enough sleep every night. This is when your body reproduces and accelerates your collagen 1 production, making “beauty sleep” a reality.

Stabilizes your emotions. A lack of sleep doesn’t just affect you. It affects those around you, too. When you miss out on sleep, you’re more likely to be cranky. No one likes to hang out with Mr. or Mrs. Grumpy Pants. Try to get to bed a little earlier and make life better for yourself, family, friends and colleagues.

Spruces up your sex life. A loss of sleep can lead to a decrease in testosterone – in both men and women. A lack of testosterone may be bad news for your sex life. Testosterone affects both sexual and cardiac functions.

 

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