When man and woman started walking this earth they did not do it 24/7. They also took time to rest and more importantly sleep. The physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of regular sleep is one of the finest therapies for a healthy mind and body.
These are busy times, and we often run short of hours in the day. The worst mistake you can do, however, is cut down on your sleeping time.
Nobody quite knows why we need sleep, in scientific terms. All we know is we simply cannot do without it. And not only do we need it, we need it in copious quantities. Small children can pack in twelve hours and more of shut-eye, and while we adults do not have that luxury (alas!), we should still aim at no less than seven hours at the very minimum.
There are many benefits to regular and extended sleeping hours.
1) Health Benefits
Sleep, it has been shown can prevent cancer. Studies have shown that people with regular and plentiful sleep are more likely to avoid the dreaded disease. Moreover, sleep has also been shown to have a positive effect on your heart.
2) An Aid to Memory
Simply shutting your body off for an extended duration can help you remain more alert, proactive and productive through the day. More importantly, scientific studies have shown that your memory is drastically improved if you have slept well, as opposed to trying to remember something after staying awake for over twenty hours.
3) A Wonderful Stress Buster
Sleep is perhaps the most powerful antidote to stress. And in these modern times, your body goes through a lot of stress. Higher blood pressure, production of stress hormones and muscular tension – all of these can be alleviated by just regular and extended sleeping patterns.
4) Want to lose weight? Sleep!
There can be no argument more convincing than this, isn’t it? Studies have shown that hormonal imbalances that cause weight gain in your body are triggered by – you guessed it – lack of sleep. And the only way to get your hormonal imbalance back in, well, balance is by sleeping right.
And all of these factors aside – we all know that there is nothing like a good night’s sleep to rid your body of all of its worries. SO go ahead and give in – sleep well, and your body will thank you for it. Sleep therapy is a fancy phrase for one of the most essential and necessary things you must take care of if you want to ensure a healthy body and mind.