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Why Do We Need Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important physiological functions we have. Not getting enough good, quality sleep can make you feel sick in many ways. This article will talk about why we need sleep regardless of our age, occupation, and state of health. Also to be discussed here is the important role of beds for both the quantity and quality of sleep we get.

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Here are 5 reasons why we need to get good quality sleep daily.

  1. This is the time when we rest our bodies and minds – Rest is very important for the continuing function of the human body. Prolonged lack of sleep is tantamount to not having sufficient rest. It has been proven even in animal studies that a lack of sleep can cause both acute and chronic deterioration of physiological functions that eventually leads to death. This is why you need to get some sleep, especially when you’re tired.
  2. It helps in healing- Our body’s healing functions are at their peak while we are asleep. Cell repair and regeneration are fully commencing while a person is sleeping. Stem cells replicate the quickest and tissues such as muscles start healing during sleep. This is why getting enough sleep is necessary to recover from both fatigue and disease.
  3. It normalizes hormonal levels – Getting enough sleep normalizes hormone level. While in a state of sleep, hormones that stimulate growth and repair such as growth hormone are at their maximum levels. Also, chronic sleep deprivation causes excessive production of stress hormones such as cortisol, which can have deleterious effects on the human body. Sleep has a positive effect in preventing potentially destructive hormones imbalances.
  4. It helps in managing stress- There are many ways to manage stress, and one of the most basic ways to do it is by getting enough sleep. Sleeping helps the body and mind relax, which is essential for optimal physical and mental function. Also, sleep has positive regulatory effects on our bodies, such as facilitating healing and regulating hormone levels. If you’re stressed out, you just might need to get some sleep.
  5. It helps in normal neurologic function – Most experts agree that sleep has a big impact on our brain’s functions. While some studies involving the relationship of sleep and brain function are still ongoing and other aspects of sleep are still a mystery to most scientists, current information available suggests that sleep has a positive effect in most neurologic functions such as nerve regeneration, electrical signal regulation, and memory development.

Man in deep sleep

While there are other factors involved in initiating and maintaining good sleep, your bed might either help or hinder you from achieving it. Your bed is instrumental to ensure you get the right environment for a restful sleep. Get a bed with enough room that can accommodate your body’s dimensions. Also, get a mattress with the right firmness for optimal cushioning and support. Get beds made using hypoallergenic materials. Also, consider personal health factors such as back or neck injuries. When in doubt, test the bed first before purchasing.

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