Many know that getting quality zzz’s is just as important as eating right and getting regular exercise. But you may not know all of the health properties that are linked to sleep. Here are a few facts that may surprise you:
TRUE or FALSE? Poor sleep is strongly linked to weight gain.
TRUE! People who sleep less tend to weigh significantly more than those who get adequate sleep. In addition, poor sleep affects hormones that regulate appetite. Those who get adequate sleep tend to eat fewer calories than those who don’t. If you’re trying to lose weight, getting quality sleep is absolutely crucial!
TRUE or FALSE? Sleep does not affect your memory.
FALSE! Good sleep can maximize problem-solving skills and enhance memory. Poor sleep has been shown to impair brain function. Sleep is also important for various aspects of brain function including cognition, concentration, productivity, and performance. So yes, your mom was right when she told you to get good sleep the night before a test!
TRUE or FALSE? Heart disease and strokes are caused by poor sleep.
KIND OF TRUE. While sleep is not the ONLY cause for heart disease and strokes, studies have shown that the risk for these health issues greatly increases in those that get less than 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
TRUE or FALSE? Good sleep each day can keep the doctor away.
TRUE! Getting at least 8 hours of sleep can improve your immune function and help fight the common cold. Even a small loss of sleep has been shown to impair immune function – so get those zzz’s!
TRUE or FALSE? Alcohol helps you sleep better.
FALSE! Alcohol may help you fall asleep faster due to its sedative properties, however, people who drink before bed often experience disruptions later in their sleep cycle as liver enzymes metabolize alcohol. Try mixing up a cocktail of cooling bamboo sheets and a soothing weighted blanket before bed instead!