Feeling pretty average about life? Wanting to make some drastic changes or post something super honest on Facebook so that people know how you really feel? Sleep on it.
Yep- as simple as it sounds, a good night’s sleep will do you a WOLRD of good and chances are, things won’t look quite as bad in the morning.
When we say a good night’s sleep, we mean a minimum 8 hours.
We know, you feel pretty stoked when you make it through on 4 hours sleep, but your body wasn’t actually made to live on that little rest. It can survive for a little while, but there are a bunch of studies that we won’t bore you with, that go into detail on the long term damage of not getting at least 8 hours a night.
Check out our top 5 reasons for giving your body the shut eye it deserves!
You'll be in a great mood
Studies show that nearly two thirds of people blame lack of sleep when they feel cranky. When you don’t get enough sleep, your ability to process, change, solve problems and be creative are super decreased. Everything seems FAR more dramatic when you’re tired and your emotions go into hyper drive! Sleep is the best ‘chill pill’ around!!
Keep a healthy weight
Not getting enough sleep can slow down your metabolism and prevent your body from maintain a healthy weight.
You'll look more attractive
Getting more sleep actually makes you look healthier and more attractive. Apparently some study published in the British Medical Journal saw 23 people photographed after a period of sleep deprivation and after a normal night's sleep of eight hours. Then they got 65 people to rate each photo based on health, attractiveness and tiredness. In each of 3 categories, the sleep deprived group scored lower- we’re not shocked by that, but we are considering going and getting some shut eye before we even finish writing this article! Beauty sleep is totally a thing!?!
You're less likely to get sick
Not enough sleep can weaken your immune system, which makes you more vulnerable to infections and colds. ‘Smart people doing scientific’ research found that sleeping less than seven hours a night increased the risk of catching a cold by up to 3 times more than those sleeping 8 or more.
You'll remember things clearly
During deep sleep, the brain goes through our impressions and experiences from the day in a way that is really important to memory formation. So, if you want to remember all of that study you did today, you should probably make sure you give your brain enough sleep time to store it properly.
Moral of the story- if in doubt, sleep on it!