Fall into a deeper slumber tonight. By Dawn Chen
Sleep is a funny thing. On some blissful nights, I drift off almost immediately, but on other occasions I’ve laid in bed counting what feels like a million sheep. Still, I try to stick to a disciplined sleep schedule that allows for at least seven hours of shut-eye every night. (For easy tips on sleeping better at night, read this!) If you’re used to being a night owl, let these six unexpected benefits of getting enough sleep, as shared by mattress topper brand Airweave, change your mind.
1. Better mental health
That muddle-headed feeling you get when you’ve had a rough night is real. Your mood and mental health is affected by the amount of sleep you get. What’s more, sleep can help improve your cognitive performance and improve your concentration.
2. Improved muscle tone
Looking to bulk up quickly? Make sure you snooze. Your body repairs and restores itself when you sleep, and this speeds up muscle growth after a workout.
3. Reduced risk of diabetes
Blood sugar control goes hand in hand with getting enough sleep. People who sleep eight hours per night are 1.7 times less likely to develop diabetes than those who sleep for six, according to research by the Boston University School of Medicine in the US.
4. Get better skin
Healthier, glowier skin can be yours – as long as you have enough sleep. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has shown that pulling an all-nighter can cause skin barrier recovery to decrease by more than 10 per cent.
5. Enhanced memory
Forget tying a string around your finger to remember things – just get enough sleep. While you’re snoozing, your brain is actually hard at work categorising your memories and experiences. A lack of sleep could even affect your ability to learn new things as you become less able to process information, say experts at the National Institutes of Health in the US.
6. Stronger immune system
A good night’s sleep every day is what will keep the doctor away! A study published by the American Medical Association revealed that those who sleep less than seven hours a night are almost three times more likely to succumb to a common cold than those who sleep eight hours or more.
Airweave mattress toppers are designed to promote a more restful sleep by regulating your body’s temperature, distributing your weight more evenly and relieving pressure on your joints. For more information on Airweave, head to airweave.sg.