Do you know the benefits of sleep and the repercussions of its deficiency on the health of the body?
Benefits of sleep: what are they and why talk about them?
The benefits of sleep are talked about a lot, often with redundancy, so why is it still necessary to deal with this issue?
In Italian you say “he who sleeps does not catch fish”. This is certainly the favorite saying of entrepreneurs. Well, even if a part of the truth resides there, be careful not to fall into the opposite extreme, denying ourselves precious hours of refreshment.
We therefore recall with this article how much the issue is a priority.
Cell regeneration and elimination of toxins
Like biological “bathroom emergencies”, sleep is also one of the mechanisms that the body uses to eliminate the waste ingested and produced throughout the day. This explains why the breath in the morning is a little heavier and the first urine darker. When we sleep, the metabolism slows down and the glymphatic system removes waste substances from the brain. Sleeping is therefore essential for maintaining good mental health.
Furthermore, during the night, cells can focus on their own repair and regeneration. To clarify the impact of this statement, just remember how organs are composed of tissues and tissues in turn are composed of cells. When we talk about cellular regeneration, we are therefore talking about the regeneration of each piece that makes up the solid part of our body. It is therefore evident that all the body’s systems suffer if rest is not enough.
Cellular regeneration and the elimination of waste are therefore the foundations, from which we can concretely identify the “physical” and obvious benefits of rest. Everything that is about to be said, therefore, is possible thanks to the functions explained above.
Sleeping improves the immune system
This is confirmed by many experiments carried out on groups of volunteers. Generally, they are given a dose of a virus; some are required to sleep less than seven hours a night, while others are required to maintain a trend of at least seven / eight hours of rest. The chances of contracting a virus when the body fails to refresh itself can double if not triple. Good to know, especially nowadays!
Decreases the risk of heart disease and stroke
Each benefit, as described in the previous point, is the result of studies and experiments. A repeated lack of sleep, over time, could lead to the development of serious heart disease and even the risk of stroke.
It’s good for the memory
During the night, the brain analyzes the information collected throughout the day, processes it, organizes it and integrates it with the pre-existing ones. Sleeping is therefore an active process aimed at consolidating memory. If you don’t get enough sleep, you risk damaging this mechanism, with serious repercussions.
A lack of sleep can lead to depression
In depressed people it is easy to experience poor sleep quality. Statistics calculated on population samples highlight a greater number of depressed subjects among those who already suffer from basic sleep disorders. As we know, advanced stages of depression force several people to the extreme act of suicide.
Makes you lose weight!
Tired people tend to fill this specific lack by consuming more calories than they actually need. Our body is regulated by internal clocks powered by solar energy. Altering the natural rhythms of sleep and wakefulness also affects appetite regulatory hormones, among other things, confusing them.
Benefits of sleep: the conclusions
Together with proper nutrition and a good dose of movement, sleep is also a fundamental pillar to ensure excellent immune defenses to our body, and therefore to enjoy a state of good health.
All three of these pillars are of fundamental importance and need each other, otherwise it is the whole system that collapses.
How much sleep then?
A single answer could be 7/9 hours a night. Age affects the quantity required. It is good, if there are no external forces to prevent it, to devote the same hours to night rest, with a margin of error that is not too large.
It is the body itself that whispers its needs, in a language made up of signals. Can you catch them? Can you translate them? Can you interpret them? I’m afraid you tell me no, and this is sadly the sad reality. There was a distant time when our choices were dictated by the body and not by a directed and corrupt mind. That time perhaps still exists, in our depths: we must remember.
To remember, yes, what was forgotten in ancient times. So maybe we will have a great chance.
How to do?