The benefits of a good sleep

A good night’s sleep ensures a good memory. During sleep, memories or practice skills which are learnt while awake are strenghtened.

It also improves attention, focus and alertness of the mind. Performances are always bettered with adequate sleep and rest. Poor sleep relates to poor judgement.

A good sleep improves mood, the brain rests its social and emotional parts while we sleep and also maintains good health, during sleep your body produces hormones that help cellular growth and repair as well as support the immune system to fight infections.

When you don’t get enough sleep you are more likely to develop chronic depression and you are at a higher risk of having high blood pressure and heart disease , and more likely to be overweight.

Here you have some tips for getting enough sleep:

  • set a nightly routine. Go to bed and wake up around the same time each night;
  • avoid large meals, caffeine and exercise before bed;
  • keep your sleep environment relaxing, avoid TV, electronics and loud noises
  • and don’t nap after 3pm and always keep naps under one hour.

Negative effects of sleep deprivation:

  • decrease in productivity and decision making ;
  • impaired memory and cognitive brain functions ;
  • reduction in reaction times and motor skills ;
  • impaired vision ;
  • exaggerated emotions or mood ;
  • and greater risk of injury or automobile accidents.