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The Importance of Having Enough Sleep

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Lack of sleep is already an apparent problem in Singapore. Some may say that it’s not really a problem because they’re already very much used to it. That can be a valid point, but there’s really more happening in your mind and body without you knowing. Sleep is a natural process and our body simply needs it just as much as food. These days, we are more likely to disregard sleep than disregard eating. Nevertheless, here are some points as to why having enough sleep is important.

Concentration and productivity

Having enough sleep is important to keep the mind fresh and sharp. It also helps with our mood throughout the day. When we are well-rested, we won’t succumb to stress easily and we can concentrate on our work better. We will also be able to stay focused on our tasks without having to feel easily tired or exhausted later in the day. 

Better memory

Having a good night’s sleep not only improves concentration and productivity, it also helps with our memory. It’s simple enough, really. If we get enough sleep, our brains will have time to process all the information and memories you’ve had for the day. Plus, if you lack sleep, you’re basically exhausting your brain. Overloading it with information without giving it time to rest, making you more likely to forget things.

Physical performance.

Much like sleep is important for the brain, it is also very much important for the body. If you’re an athlete or you just like to exercise, spending enough time sleeping is equally important as spending time working out. Perhaps it is even more important actually. When you have enough sleep, you’re giving the body much-needed time to recover from the strain of your everyday physical activities. This also gives the body time to restore nutrients and rebuild muscles tissues for them to keep up with your workouts. 

Can help fight depression.

Another problem that is arising today in Singapore, and even the rest of the world, is depression. The connection between sleep and depression can somehow be considered direct. Lack of sleep can lead to depression while having depression may also cause trouble sleeping. Because having enough sleep promotes relaxation, we can easily get rid of stress and we can improve our mood. By starting there, we might be able to avoid getting depressed. 

Heart health

Sleeping too little can negatively affect your hormones in a lot of ways. One of the more dangerous effects of that can even involve our cardiovascular health. Lack of sleep can affect blood pressure and glucose metabolism, for example. When we have spikes in our blood pressure, you can be sure that there is an increased risk of heart diseases and such. So if you want to protect your heart, get enough sleep!

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