We all know sleep feels good, and you probably suspect that there are lots of health benefits to getting a good night’s sleep, but some of them still might surprise you.
For example, did you know sleep can actually improve your memory? It can. Dr. Rapoport, professor at NYU Langone’s Medical Center, notes that getting rest soon after you learn something can help you retain the knowledge. More importantly, though, it tends to work better than “cramming,” which means it might be best to just hit the sack instead of pulling that all-nighter.
Here’s another one. Some studies suggest that getting good, consistent sleep can actually help you live longer. A study done in 2010 sampled death rates among women ages 50-79 and found that there were significantly more deaths for women who got less than five hours of sleep per night. Researchers suspect this is partly because not getting a good night’s sleep puts a lot of stress on the body.
Long story short, sleep is good for you. But that’s only half the battle.
The other half, of course, is actually falling asleep. And for lots of people, that can be the hardest part. In fact, nearly a third of all American adults report at least some symptoms of insomnia, night-time restlessness, or difficulty falling asleep.
If that’s you, here’s an awesome resource to help you hit the hay. If you want to check out the original article, you can read it here.