Grow to Appreciate Sleep

Over the years, I’ve really grown to appreciate the benefits of a good night’s sleep. When I am fully rested the world seems a little brighter, I feel more upbeat and ready to embrace the day. Good sleep makes it easier to getting things done the next day. I have also noticed when I don’t get enough sleep, it feels like my body and mind struggle to recover and can even react in very strange ways. I remember the first and last time I worked a sixteen hour shift. I was just out of high school working as a guard at a food manufacturing plant here in Oakland. I remember being so tired the last 2 hours of my 16 hour shift that, I was hallucinating! It had been a long, windy day and I was finishing up my rounds. The wind was blowing hard and I spotted something that look like a seagull flying low to the ground. However when it got near me it was just newspaper floating in the wind. After that I decided to never go that long without sleep again if could help it! That lasted maybe two years, until I was in my second year in college. I was on the forensics team and early one Saturday morning we were scheduled to have a debate. It was my first one and I was nervous. I had been up studying my argument until the wee hours of the morning and was exhausted. In spite of that, my team needed me to show up and perform, so I did. Unfortunately on the drive home, about 3 blocks from my house, I fell asleep at the wheel and totaled my car. I was lucky to be ok, but the moral of the story is: get sleep and plenty of it. Your body and mind will operate better, work faster and you will get more things done when you’re well rested.

Here the Top 10 Health Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep By Mark Stibich, Ph.D

1. Sleep Keeps Your Heart Healthy

2. Sleep May Prevent Cancer

3. Sleep Reduces Stress

4. Sleep Reduces Inflammation

5. Sleep Makes You More Alert

6. Sleep Bolsters Your Memory

7. Sleep May Help You Lose Weight

8. Naps Make You Smarter

9. Sleep May Reduce Your Risk for Depression

10. Sleep Helps the Body Make Repairs



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