The Benefits of a Good Nights Sleep
Many of the benefits of a good night’s sleep are common knowledge, including a reduction in lethargy, increased motivation, and a clear head. However, did you know that there are also some hidden, not quite so obvious benefits, to getting a good night’s sleep? These are all the more important in today’s world, in which many of us are experiencing stress and overwhelm.
Improved cognitive function
Sleep is crucial for cognitive function, and a good night's sleep allows our brain time and space to consolidate and process information. Getting enough sleep can improve our cognitive function, including enhancing our decision-making capabilities.
Reduced anxiety and depression
Anxiety and depression can be exacerbated by lack of sleep. Equally, depression and anxiety can cause sleep issues, so it’s hard to see how to untangle the two. One approach is to make sure you set a bedtime routine, turning off devices and creating a calming atmosphere before bed. This can include mindfulness, reading, or having a bath. But please do always seek expert advice if you are feeling anxious or depressed, or having sleep issues for any length of time.
Improved physical health
Sleep affects every part of our bodies. Not only does it impact our growth and stress hormones, it also has a part to play in maintaining a strong immune system, controlling blood pressure and ensuring good cardiovascular health.
When we're stressed, it is difficult to stay focused and remain productive, and when we are lacking in sleep, we are likely to feel unmotivated. Getting enough sleep can help improve our energy levels and boost our productivity.
Placing too much pressure on yourself to fall asleep can make you feel anxious, which makes it harder to fall asleep. Picking up a book or deep breathing can help reduce this anxiety, making it easier to drift off to sleep. If you continue to struggle with sleep despite implementing these strategies, consider speaking to a healthcare professional for further guidance and support.