5 Health Benefits to a Restful Nights Sleep

We talk about sleep a lot. That's because it's vital for your health and can prevent a lot of different diseases in the future. Getting a restful nights sleep is the secret ingredient for you to live your best life, but what are the benefits exactly? This week, we're breaking down all the "why's" so know exactly what happens when you're getting a good nights sleep. Keep reading to find out 5 Health Benefits to a Restful Nights Sleep.

Sleep. We all do it, and we've all experienced the negative results of not getting enough of it. Most of us simply order a large cup of coffee to cope with the tiredness. But what if you knew the benefits of getting a restful nights sleep? Research shows that when people get less than 6 to 7 hours of sleep each night, they are at a greater risk of developing diseases. That's scary considering we live in a culture of people staying up late and waking up early. I don't know about you, but I'm calling it an early night.

1. Sleep keeps your heart healthy

Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of blood pressure which can cause heart disease over time - doctors recommend that you get anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep per night to help prevent heart attacks or strokes.

2. Sleep Reduces Stress

Stress has been attributed to a lack of sleep - when your body is sleep deficient, it goes into stress. Stress hormones make it hard to fall asleep, so if you're suffering from a lack of sleep, try relaxation techniques before bed. Reading a book, taking a hot bath or shower, or diffusing lavender oil will all help you to fall asleep quicker.

3. Sleep can help you lose weight

Trying to lose those last ten pounds? Try getting better sleep! Research suggests that people who get fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night are more likely to be overweight. If you want to maintain your current weight or you're trying to lose some weight, keep in mind that getting enough sleep is a vital part of it.

4. Sleep can reduce your risk for depression

Sleep impacts a lot of the chemicals in your body, including serotonin. If you're suffering from depression, consult your doctor about a serotonin deficiency. To help prevent depression, make sure that you're getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep.

5. Sleep is the body's way of repairing itself.

Sleep the time during which the body is hard at work repairing damage caused by stress, UV rays and other harmful things your body is exposed to. During sleep, you body is producing more protein cells which help repair damage.

There you go! 5 Health Benefits to a Restful Nights Sleep! If you liked this post, make sure to share it on Social and tag us @toxicoapparel ! We love hearing from you and if you want to be featured on an upcoming post, send us a message telling us what you want to write about!

This weeks #toxictuesdaychallenge is "TURN OUT THE LIGHTS". Go to bed an hour before you normally do and then write down how you feel the next day. Do this for a week and then tag us on Instagram with your results! We hope that you get a good and restful nights sleep and we'll see you back here, next Tuesday for an all new installment!

Happy sleeping!

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