Sleep is a wonderful thing. There’s nothing quite like your head hitting the pillow after a long, strenuous day, am I right?
Despite the mechanics of sleep being quite complex, we all know that it is a vital element in our daily lives. So, why do so many of us guys avoid something so beneficial?
I get it. Work is hectic. You may be lucky enough to have a very enthusiastic partner. Or you may just not know how incredible sleep really is for you. If this is the case, then let me explain…
You’ll Be Much Happier
We’ve all woken up after a bad sleep with an unfounded anger towards the world. It’s a day ruiner that sets you up for an uphill battle. A study of 999 women showed that a poor night’s rest affected their happiness as much as tight work deadlines. Which we all know are no fun at all. Hit the sheets a little earlier tonight for a much brighter day tomorrow.
Improve Your Memory
You know that feeling when you have a word on the tip of your tongue but it just won’t come out? Or when you just can’t place the person that you’re certain that you’ve seen before? Well, getting your 8 hours can help solve this problem. According to a recent study, adults who get enough sleep perform better on short-term memory tests.
You’ll Notice A Spike In Productivity
Concentrating is very difficult when you’re tired. You may daydream, get distracted or just not be interested in the task at hand – neither are ideal in both your work or personal life. Researchers say “attention tasks appear to be particularly sensitive to sleep loss.” So if you want to be able to focus, hit the hay a little earlier.
Sleep Your Way To Better Skin
The modern day gent understands the importance of grooming and looking after his skin. A dermatological study found that people who sleep well recovered better after exposure to ultraviolet light and their skin also had a faster recovery to having tape stripped off. Not only that, but the skin also showered fewer signs of ageing.
Build Muscle and Manage Weight
For all you gents who want to put on more muscle, or lose weight for that matter, then a good night’s sleep is as important as your gym membership. Your body uses the time it has whilst you’re asleep to repair and heal damage done to your muscles, cells and tissue. Those fitness magazines weren’t lying!
Boost Your Immune System
Further to the previous point, a good rest can keep your immune system strong. Our immune system is designed to protect us from the common cold, flu and other, more harmful, illnesses. However, when it’s not functioning properly, we allow ourselves to become vulnerable to all sorts of viruses.
“In simple terms, sleep deprivation suppresses immune system function. Or, as Balachandran puts it, “The more all-nighters you pull, the more likely you are to decrease your body’s ability to respond to colds or bacterial infections.””
You’ll Have Better Sex
To put it simply, lower sleep equals lower libido. Not only that, but lack of sleep can lead to further problems like erectile dysfunction. Additionally, a good sleep is restorative and helps to boost your testosterone which boots sex drive for both men and women. If that’s not a good enough reason to catch some z’s then I don’t know what is.
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