Sleep is vital and is needed for the body and brain to rest, recover and process the impressions you received while you were awake. Sleeping well at night, you cope more easily with stress and other daily stresses.
Sufficient sleep can also reduce the risk of elevated blood lipids, heart disease (such as heart attack), type 2 diabetes, obesity, fatigue syndrome, and depression.
Emotionally, sleeping next to someone means reduced anxiety, a sense of safety, improved sleep quality, and increased happiness. Sleeping next to someone can also create a stronger relationship bond.
Adults usually need between six and nine hours of sleep per day. But it varies from person to person and generally depends on age.
Research shows that sleep is as essential as a healthy diet and exercise when trying to lose weight. If you don’t sleep enough, your body loses muscles instead of fat. When you are sleep deprived, your brain reacts differently to food - your amygdala, which is looking for ‘quick fixes,’ are more active, and therefore you are more into unhealthy food such as sweets, pizza, etc. Your pre-frontal cortex (placed above your eyes) controls your emotions, and with lack of sleep, you lose the impulse control that the brain has.
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