Sleeping in always sounds like a good idea – that’s the main reason that weekends even exist, right? But when you start taking into account the benefits that come along with a good night’s sleep –there are, like, a million (okay maybe not a million, but a LOT) – it becomes clear that hitting the snooze button isn’t part of a lazy Sunday; it’s part of a responsible one.
You’ll remember everything.
Okay, maybe not everything, but pretty close. During sleep, your brain forms memories by performing memory consolidation through the strengthening of neural connections. Different stages of sleep, such as the REM cycle, are believed to be responsible for the formation of different kinds of memories, such as fact-based knowledge versus activities involving motor skills. When you get a better night’s sleep, you in turn have a better chance of improving memory consolidation at every stage of the sleep cycle.
You’ll be happier.
There’s really no surprise here. More sleep generally does translate to more happiness. But aside from the pure joy that you get from some extra quality time with your bed, there’s also a scientific link between sleep and happiness. While getting the recommended amount of sleep every night can boost mood, the inverse is also true. That is, failing to get enough sleep can make you irritable, stressed, and may even contribute to the onset of depression.
You’ll be able to kick cravings.
If you’re trying to watch your figure but can’t seem to block out the sound of those potato chips calling your name from the pantry, you might be in need of a few extra hours of sleep. This is because hormonal imbalances that occur from sleep deprivation tend to rev up your appetite when you’re awake. There’s also research to suggest that people who don’t get enough sleep every night are more likely to become obese later in life.
You’ll have better workouts.
Sleep is your body’s time to recharge, so when you sleep well, you wake up feeling energized. That comes in handy when it comes to tackling your daily workout, which you’ll be able to perform with more speed, focus, and intensity. And get this: not only is better sleep likely to improve your exercise, but exercise can also improve your sleep. It’s like a never-ending cycle of benefit, which is just as good as it sounds.
You’ll be more productive.
A busy work schedule might be the reason that you’re missing out on sleep to begin with, so there’s a certain irony in the fact that losing sleep is likely to have a negative impact on your performance at work. Concentration, logic, and problem-solving skills tend to take a serious hit when you skip a few hours of sleep, so it’s only natural that your work could suffer as a result.
You’ll be more alert.
Not only does missing out on a few hours of sleep hurt your ability to concentrate, but it also seriously hinders your reflexes and ability to react to your surroundings. That’s a little unsettling when it comes to, say, driving a car (focus and a strong reaction time tend to be favorable on the road).
You’ll be glowing.
While you may have heard every recommendation for gorgeous skin, from moisturizer and scrubs to charcoal masks and witch hazel, one of the best ways of achieving a glowing complexion is better sleep. This is because growth hormone, which contributes to better skin, is produced in the body during the deepest cycle of sleep. In other words, the best sleep really is beauty sleep.