When you’re sleep deprived your cognitive functioning plummets making it much harder than normal to go about your day. This can pose a serious threat to your mood, your memory and more.
The Sleep Council recommends for the average 18 – 65 year old to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to reap the benefits of a proper night’s rest.
Below are just a few ways getting regular, restful sleep can transform your mind, and ultimately, your life.
1. Sleep boosts your mental health.
Go to bed early for your mental well-being. Research shows that long-term sleep loss may increase depressive symptoms. Too little rest can also heighten feelings of stress and worry. If you’re too anxious to drift off, try getting out of bed, meditating or writing in a notebook to help prep your mind for restful sleep.
2. It helps make your memory sharper.
Talk about a relaxing way to fight an aging brain. Research suggests that proper amounts of sleep can help your brain stay sharper and boosts your power of recalling memories. A well-rested mind makes will make it a lot easier for you to remember facts and tasks and help you to stay alert throughout the day.
3. Getting those Zzz’s puts you in a better mood.
You’ve probably heard of feeling “hangry” — the emotional rage that happens when you’re hungry — but what about “slangry?” A September 2015 small study found that a lack of sleep can make it hard for you to regulate your emotions. Even fairly neutral stress triggers which you would otherwise manage without anger may feel more intense without enough sleep. More Zzz’s = a happier mood.
4. It aids in decision making.
Here’s a good reason to “sleep” on a big choice. Research shows your shuteye can influence your decisions. Scientists found that a period of unconscious thought — not unlike sleep — can help aid better decision making. Besides, who wants to make a life-altering choice with a tired mind?
5. Sleep physically clears your mind.
Science gives fresh meaning to the old adage that a good night’s sleep clears the mind, as Neurological studies reveal a system that clears the brain from waste is primarily active during sleep. This unique method of waste removal in the brain – dubbed the glymphatic system – clears away toxins responsible for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders.