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How does sleep heal the body?

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Sleep is very crucial for your body, your physical health, mental health and spiritual health. It affects different parts of your body starting from head to toe.

Brain health

If you need to maintain cognitive brain functions, you will need to sleep. The necessary hours may vary from 3 to 4 hours a night for maintaining minimal cognitive brain function. However, if you need to solve a problem and for that you need to have attention and focused thinking, that amount of sleep may not be good enough for you. Your brain need 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Your brain also means rest for efficiently performing the automatic tasks happening inside your body.

Face and skin health

If you do not have the required rest during night, you are likely to feel ugly once you wake up. Scientific studies found that people who were photographed after sleep deprivation were seemed less healthy and attractive in comparison to people who had a full night of sleep. If you’re not sleeping well, you will appear unwell and tired and it will make you look less attractive. There is a correlation between sleep deprived nation and higher levels of stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Such hormones have negative impact on your face and skin health.

Immune system health

Not sleeping well will also cause problems with your immune system. If you’re not getting adequate sleep, you will have different types of health problems. For example, when you’re not getting enough sleep, you are likely to catch the common cold. The same is true in case of other problems which may arise because of problems with your immune system. Rest can get you more benefits than using medicines are vaccines. Different scientific studies found that people could produce more antibodies in response to the hepatitis B vaccine when they had adequate sleep. That is why it is very important to get the necessary sleep every night.

Heart health

You need deep sleep and relaxation to keep your heart healthy. If you always skip necessary rest, it can have detrimental effects on your heart. Sleep deprived nation can result in overdrive of sympathetic nervous system and that can cause too much release of the hormone adrenaline. When it happens your body’s tissues will be prepared to take immediate action and your heart will start working harder. If you are sleep deprived, you are more likely to develop hyperlipidemia or high cholesterol and that can result in heart attack or stroke.

Healthy weight

Proper sleep will also ensure that you have a healthy weight. When you are sleep deprived you are more likely to consume more calories. When you consume more calories, it can lead to weight gain. When you’re not getting enough sleep, it can disrupt your body’s balance between ghrelin and leptin. These two hormones other responsible hormones for stimulating and suppressing appetite respectively. When you do not get enough sleep, it can increase your appetite by increasing the hormone responsible for stimulating your appetite. So, you should always try to get a full night’s sleep every night and if for some reason you do not get the necessary sleep, you will have to watch out for what you are eating that day.

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