Sleep and your gut… How are these two correlated?
Benefits of Sleep
There are so many benefits to getting a good night of rest. If only we all utilized each night as we should, we could go so much farther with each second that we are awake! I’d like you to think for a second and pick two benefits that you could gain from getting more sleep. Ok. Did you think of two? Great! Now, I am willing to bet that you thought of those specific ones because they have helped you at some time in the past after a good night of sleep! The reason for that is because sleep really does help in a ton of different ways. Here are a few extras that maybe don’t match up with the two you chose.
Sleep can truly help improve your attention skills. Think of getting a decent amount of sleep and getting through a good REM cycle as a way of recharging your internal battery (your brain). When your brain is fully charged, you are able to pay attention in a much stronger fashion. Have you ever felt out of it, and not known why? An unrestful night could have had something to do with it. This also applies to attention to the smaller details as well. In other words, you are actually more observant after allowing your body to rest.
Another great benefit of sleep is … wait for it … extra weight loss! That’s right, your body burns calories on its own while you are sleeping. Talk about the easiest workout you’ve ever had! In addition to that, and maybe even more importantly, when you are tired or sleepy (from not sleeping), certain hormones in your body increase which actually drives your appetite UP. So, it’s a good idea to get a restful sleep each and every day, especially when you’re on a diet.
Lastly, studies have shown that when your brain gets enough sleep, it will begin to bring back certain memories that you could have had locked away for safe keeping. It isn’t that simple, and in actuality, your brain puts the memories back together as if the pieces were separated into different storage containers. Not only can this add happiness to your everyday life, but it can also produce a vast foundation for new creativity.
These are the few benefits that I thought were extra interesting and wanted to share with you all. I hope you find them as fascinating as I do, and if so, leave your comments and thoughts below! Also, do you clearly feel a difference in certain aspects of your body or attitude after getting a nice, restful sleep? We’d all enjoy hearing what else we can benefit from it, plus the motivation may be just what some of us need! Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to subscribe!
Kim Shapira MS, RD