Why do so many people neglect a third of their lives? You may be wondering why you should even bother getting a good night’s sleep. Well, you could probably guess that sleeping more has some great benefits.
It’s tempting to want to stay up all night to get things done. What if someone told you that getting less sleep actually hurts your ability to be productive?
What normally happens when you sleep?
Sleep is a crucial system that reconstructs and heals your body every night. Every time you lay your head down, your brain is getting ready to heal trauma. It also calibrates functions such as your breathing, blood flow, growth, and immune system.
Sleep affects your brain drastically. When you start to fall asleep, a fifth of your circulatory blood flow makes its way to your brain. This is because while your body lies still, your brain is just as active as it was in the day. This is crucial time for your brain to keep your body how it needs to be.
Keeping tabs on your memory…
Your memory relies heavily on activities your brain does while you are in your deepest sleep. One of the biggest ways your memory can be preserved to its best ability is through a process called memory consolidation.
Memory consolidation is when information is moved from short-term memory to long-term memory. This basically means the information you learn can pass from the more temporary short-term memory to a solid spot in your head’s archives.
According to the video below, a scientist named Herman Ebbinghaus showed that humans lose about 40% of information they learn within 20 minutes. Sleeping is directly connected to memory retention, which can make your life a lot easier. The more you sleep, the more you can learn, and the faster you can pick up new skills.
Go get a good night’s sleep! You’ll thank yourself later.
Check out the video below for more details on this topic.
For more insight on healthier sleep, consider our article Top Tips To Help You Fall Asleep After a Stressful Day.