Do you need an alarm to go off every two minutes for half an hour to ensure you get up in the morning? Are you constantly tired, sluggish and in need of about four coffees to get you to 10am? Well, sorry to point out the obvious, but you’re probably not getting enough beauty sleep.
In fact, a whopping 96 per cent of Australians say they wake up tired according to an ABC survey. But what effect does sleep have on your life and WHY do you need more sleep? We’ve got all the answers! Also, let’s face it, no one likes a grumble bum.
You’ll have a better sex life
This is SCIENTIFICALLY proven. That’s legit. Even one extra hour of sleep a night can correspond to higher levels of sexual desire. In fact, 14 per cent of women who took part in a Journal of Sexual Medicine study reported an increase in the likelihood of sexual activity after getting a good night’s sleep. And sex enhances the production of oxytocin and reduces stress, making it easier for you to fall asleep. So it’s pretty much a win-win cycle.
You’ll control your waistline
It turns out short fuses and slow mornings aren’t the only side effects of lack of sleep: if you’re having trouble losing those extra kilos, it might be from insufficient shut-eye. A study done by the Columbia University found people who sleep for fewer than seven hours a night are more likely to gain weight over time, and even have a harder time losing weight. This is because sleep loss disrupts hormones and the metabolism, which contributes to weight gain.
You’ll improve your memory
Ever woken up groggy, and forgot where you put your sunnies, only to find out they were on your head the whole time? You can put it down to a stressful morning, but chances are it was because you only got five hours of sleep the night before. More sleep strengthens your memory, which triggers changes in the brain that cement memories. This strengthens connections between brain cells and the transferring of information from one region of the brain to another. Sleep doesn’t just help you keep track of old memories, it also helps creates new ones as well. But if getting eight hours of sleep doesn’t tickle your fancy, these simple tricks for improving your memory sure will.
You’ll be more in control of your emotions
Crying because you’re out of your favourite cereal, or having a two-year-old tantrum, and flopping on your bed because you have nothing to wear? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Studies show that people who are sleep-deprived react more strongly to emotional situations because the part of the brain that processes emotions is going haywire. In order to restore these emotional brain circuits, you need more sleep! It’ll help prepare you for the next day’s challenges and social interactions.
Beauty sleep is a thing
When it comes to your beauty, sleep is like the fountain of youth. This is because your body repairs itself while you snooze, and that leads to silky, silky skin. The less snooze you get, the worse you’ll look. (Sorry, harsh truths here.) So what are the actual beauty benefits of sleep? Well, your skin produces collagen when you sleep, which prevents wrinkles. It also boosts blood flow which will give your skin a healthy glow. Last but not least, it rids you of dark circles and bags under the eyes! Sleep for the win!
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