Sleep benefits your body, but it also benefits your brain too. Discover how to boost your memory, improve your health and banish any bedtime blues.
It's a fact. Most of us would like more of it, yet too few of us are getting enough. What am I talking about? Sleep.
As you get older, your sleep habits becomes more important - especially if your goal is to build muscle and lose body fat.
Yet these bedtime benefits don't only affect the way you look. They help to boost your memory too.
Sleep plays a vital role in our overall well-being. Many body functions suffer if we don't have regular sleep. For example:
But this sad situation can soon be remedied.
In fact, just eight hours of quality sleep a night can make people healthier and mentally sharper, a study has recently found.
Researchers analysed over 200 studies measuring sleep and mental functioning going back to the 1960s. After evaluating people's sleep habits, they concluded the benefits of a sound night's sleep were diverse and unmistakable.
The study was published in the Journal of Perspectives on Psychological Science, and signals the clearest sign that eight hours sleep time is the key to greater wellbeing and health.
Research team leader Professor Michael Scullin said:
"People sometimes disparage sleep as 'lost' time. But sleeping well is linked to better mental health, improved cardiovascular health and fewer, less severe disorders and diseases of many kinds."
London Sleep Centre Professor Adrian Williams agrees. He had this to say:
"The report is authored by respected sleep researchers and fits with our current understanding of the value of sleep in memory consolidation and protection from cardiovascular and metabolic diseases."
So here's the wrap-up. If you want to become a beast in the bedroom, make sure you get enough shut-eye and you'll soon banish any bedtime blues.