8 Good Things That Can Happen With An Extra Hour of Sleep

8 Good Things That Can Happen With An Extra Hour of Sleep

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. And because the clocks fall back, we get an extra hour to snooze! 😄 🚀 😴 🥳 We’re calling it Nectar’s Big Night In, and we’ve got our pajamas on already (underneath our work clothes).

We could all use more sleep anyway—one-third of American adults don’t get enough shut-eye, averaging only 6.8 hours per night, an hour less than our grandparents slept in the 1940’s.

Let’s make a vow to put down our smartphones, turn off Netflix, and head to bed on time, shall we? Because the following great things can happen when we get the amount of sleep we should:

More energy

This one’s a no-brainer (yet we’re still surprised about why we feel sluggish). When you’re asleep, your body restores your energy by boosting your immune system and regulating hormone levels and appetite, things that sleep deprivation throws off. Aim for 8 hours of shut-eye every night to feel refreshed in the morning.

Sharper learning skills

Launching a new project at work? Starting a night class? Learning to knit? Research suggests that it’s important to get a good night’s sleep after learning something new. During sleep, the brain makes connections to help index information and solidify memories.

Romance

Yes, there’s a biological connection between sleep and your libido. When you’re sleep-deprived, your brain suppresses the production of sex hormones, like estrogen and testosterone, choosing to boost stress hormones like cortisol, instead.

More patience

When you don’t get enough zzz’s, you’re short-tempered, cranky, and impatient, experts say (but you knew that already!). So that extra hour of sleep this weekend may make you feel a little less peeved at the world. Everyone wins!

Safer driving

Being sleep-deprived is similar to driving drunk, researchers say, slowing your reaction time and increasing the risk of micro-sleep (when you doze off for a few seconds). That makes you three times more likely to have an accident. The remedy? Proper sleep, starting tonight.

Fewer food cravings

Ever notice how you tend to eat your way through ALL the sweets when you’re exhausted? Science proves it! Sleep helps your body maintain the correct balance of hormones that control hunger, fullness, and cravings. We’re not saying sleep will make you push away the chocolate. But you might be more likely to save some for tomorrow.

Happier mood

Admit it: You’re a grumpy, snappy, meanie when you don’t get enough sleep. Which means that extra hour of dozing on your Nectar just might bring more peace and harmony into your life.

Improved overall health long-term

Lack of sleep has been linked to several health issues, from more frequent colds to chronic conditions, like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It’s also a factor in depression and anxiety. Do the smart thing: Spend the night in, and keep this 8-hour-sleep trend going.

 

–Charlotte Latvala

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