Sleep and its Impact on Your Health

Sleep is important for healthWe all know that feeling of waking up and you feel just as tired as when you went to bed the night before. We also know that feeling of waking up feeling refreshed and energetic. This shows you how important a good night’s sleep can be for your overall well-being.

When you are sleeping, you may think that your body shuts down. Actually, it is quite the opposite. Your body goes into a “tune up” mode. Here are some ways that getting enough rest can benefit your health:

  • Sleep will keep you in a good mood. By getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night, you will be able to handle the stresses of life a bit easier than if you get too little. Those who get enough rest are less likely to experience depression due to their ability to cope with issues during the day. You will be less likely to get irritated with tasks of the day.


  • You will keep to your diet. “Sleepers” tend to eat up to 300 calories less than those who do not get enough rest. It has been found that it is easier to say no to that extra piece of cake when you are well rested.


  • Sleep makes you smarter. While you sleep, your mind compartmentalizes the thousands of pieces of information that you received the previous day. Keeping some and pitching the useless out is an important part of retaining only the information that you need.


  • Your body repairs itself. In sleep mode, your body is able to really focus on healing. If you have a bruise, a cut, a sore, or any other ailment, your body tries to heal itself while you rest. White blood cells are made while you sleep, which is important on fighting off viruses and bacteria.


You can see how important it is to get a good night’s rest. It not only helps your physical body, but also your mind as well. If you are struggling with sleep issues, please contact our physician’s at to schedule an appointment.

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