Four Benefits of Sleep

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By Wilson Ho

As a college student, our schedules are often filled with exams, papers, and assignments, all of which can take a toll on the amount of sleep we get. However, it is important for us to remember there are many benefits of sleep, and we should try to get more sleep consistently.

Here are a few important reasons about why you should sleep more:

1. To Increase Memorization Abilities
Sleep directly helps with studying by increasing our ability to memorize information. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, our brains prepare for the next day and form new pathways to improve memory, all while we sleep. So, the next time you are debating between studying for an extra hour and getting an extra hour of sleep remember that it is actually beneficial to sleep. This is because that extra hour of sleep helps your brain rest and prep for the next day. And you will retain more information and most likely do better on your exam.

2. To Improve Physical Performance
Exercise is an important step for staying healthy, but have you ever considered how your sleeping habits affect your physical performance? If you want to perform your best during a workout or during a game, the key is to get enough sleep the night before. According to the Better Sleep Council, after several consecutive nights of good sleep, you will see an improvement in your physical performance. Therefore, it is definitely worthwhile to get a good night of sleep for the best results during a work out or game.

3. To Develop a Stronger Immunity System
Getting enough sleep can help boost your immunity. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy by defending your body from foreign and harmful substances. With regular sleep, immunity can be built up against various diseases. So keeping a consistent sleep schedule is highly recommended. A consistent amount of sleep also helps with preventing common colds. A recent study by National Center for Biotechnology concluded that those who got at least eight hours of sleep had a lower chance of catching the cold than those who got less than eight hours of sleep.

4. To Foster Creativity
Getting an adequate amount of sleep every night also helps with creativity. And this is important for college students because it comes in handy for writing papers, planning club events, or even problem solving. For instance, Rapid Eye Movement is a phase in your sleep cycle where your eyes move quickly in different directions. A researcher at the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that the Rapid Eye Movement phase actually enhances creative problem solving abilities. So with adequate amounts of rest, your body can experience the Rapid Eye Movement phase while you sleep, and your creativity will be enhanced.

There are various benefits to getting a good night of sleep. Maintaining a regular schedule for sleeping is the best way to enhance these benefits of sleep. Regardless of your busy college schedule, getting a good eight hours of sleep every night is time well spent!

 

Sources

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

http://www.hhs.gov/blog/2014/12/29/why-sleep-important.html

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19139325

http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/archive/newsrel/health/06-09Mednick.asp

http://bettersleep.org/better-sleep/healthy-sleep/physical-performance-sleep#1

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