20 Surprising Benefits of Sleep [Infographic]

Think that sleep is a waste of time? Think again.

It may come as a surprise to many people that getting the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night is more important than you think. In fact, research tells us that the benefits of sleep range from being more productive the next day all the way to living longer.

Sleep loss on the other hand, is harmful to your health. It increases your risk of making mistakes and getting into accidents. Plus, it can also make you gain weight.

The infographic below lists 20 little known benefits of sleep. We break down the benefits into those that affect you over the long term and those you immediately feel the next morning.

Benefits of Sleep Infographic

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Why Sleep Is Important

Interestingly, the effects of sleep, or lack of it, are evident the very next morning. Like most of us, you’ve probably had days when you just didn’t want to get out of bed. More likely than not, it was because of going to bed late the night before.

While it may not seem like it, your body is very active while you slumber. It is during this time that most of the rebuilding and repairing of damaged tissues happen. This is also when your body secretes growth hormones.

So, getting the right amount of right nightly helps prevent long term conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. If you’re still growing or want to build muscle, sleep is something you don’t make to skimp on. Sleeping on a comfortable and supportive mattress is important, too.

I remember my younger days when I thought of sleep as something that I needed to do when I got tired at night. Looking back, that wasn’t a good idea.