Research shows that a lack of sleep doesn’t only affect your health but also your athletic performance. Here are 6 benefits of getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
- MINIMIZED SNIFFLES: Some studies suggest that chronic sleep deprivation is linked to immune system depression, meaning people who get fewer hours of sleep may be more susceptible to the common cold.
- ENHANCED PERFORMANCE: Various studies suggest athletes who don’t get enough of sleep report a reduction in their sports-specific, athletic performance.
- FASTER RECOVERY: A good night’s sleep promotes growth hormones, which speeds up regeneration of cells and muscle growth.
- FEELING LESS HUNGRY: When you’re deprived of sleep, levels of the appetite-controlling hormone leptin go down, while levels of the appetite-boosting hormone ghrelin increase.
- BOOSTED FAT LOSS: Too little sleep has been associated to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which may impact insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes and obesity.
- MORE ENERGY FOR SEX: A new study discovered that women who went to bed earlier were more likely to be in the mood for sex the following day than women who didn’t get enough sleep.