(Published on 15/04/2019)
Getting enough sleep has a range of health benefits. Most people need to sleep for around eight hours a night in order to function properly. Benefits of sleeping well:
Boosted immunity - prolonged lack of sleep can leave you less able to fend off illnesses, so if you find yourself catching a cold frequently, you may want to have a look at your sleeping pattern.
Sleep helps you slim - studies have shown that people who get less than seven hours of sleep a night are at a higher risk of gaining weight, than those who get at least seven hours.
Sleep boosts your mental wellbeing - a single sleepless night can make you irritable and moody the following day, so it's not surprising that chronic sleep debt may lead to long-term mood disorders like depression and anxiety.
If you are lacking in sleep there's only one way to compensate – getting more sleep. It won't happen with a single early night. If you've had months of restricted sleep, you'll have built up a significant sleep debt, so expect recovery to take several weeks. You may end up sleeping for longer than expected at first, but eventually the amount of time you need to sleep will decrease to a normal level.
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