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Why You Need Sleep

WHY YOU NEED SLEEP The Well Rested You The Sleep Deprived You Detox Sleep shrinks neurons to half their size, widening the channels through which your brain is 'detoxed'. 1 in 5 car accidents are estimated to be caused by tired drivers. Memory Why Your Brain Needs Sleep Mice doing 1 hour of training followed by sleep have been found to 'learn more' than mice who did Under-sleeping leads to lower grades, a shorter attention span and ADHD-like symptoms in children. 3 hours of training but were then sleep deprived. There is a clear link between sleeplessness and depression. Cause and effect is the subject of research and debate. Happiness One extra hour of sleep per night has more impact on your daily happiness than an extra $60,000 in annual income. Weight Loss Well-rested people lose more fat when dieting when compared to sleep-deprived people, who lose more muscle. People who get five hours of sleep per night are 73% more likely to become obese than those who get 7-9 hours. Athletic Performance A Stanford study found that college football players who aimed for 10 hours of sleep a night for 7-8 weeks significantly improved their sprint times and overall stamina. The 'run down' feeling you get when sleep deprived can be an indicator of a weakened immune system. You may not only be more vulnerable to contracting illnesses, but have a lessened ability to fight them off. Why Your Body Needs Sleep Pain Management A Harvard study showed that healthy people who significantly reduced their daily sleep began to produce glucose more slowly, a major risk factor for diabetes. Researchers have found that getting good sleep can supplement medication for pain. Sources:,,20459221_6,00.html

Why You Need Sleep

shared by t1handy on Jan 19
Details benefits of sleep and how it effects memory, weight loss, detox, athletic performance and more.


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