You Need More Sleep!

Sleeping Fitness

Nobody can disagree with this one. It may seem obvious that sleep is beneficial, but we seem to blow it off anyways. Here are the benefits of getting enough sleep:  

Less pain

If you have chronic pain, or pain from a recent injury, a good night’s sleep may actually make you hurt less. Many studies have shown a link between sleep loss and lower pain threshold. Unfortunately, being in pain can make it hard to sleep. Researchers have found that getting good sleep can supplement medication for pain.  

Lower Injury Risk

Sleeping enough might actually keep you safer. Sleep deprivation has been linked with many notorious disasters, like the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger and the grounding of the Exxon Valdez. It is estimated that one out of five car accidents in the U.S. results from drowsy driving- that’s about 1 million crashes a year! 

Better Weight Control

Getting enough sleep could help you maintain your weight -- and conversely, sleep loss goes along with an increased risk of weight gain. The hormone leptin plays an important role in making you feel full. When you don't get enough sleep, leptin levels drop. So, if you're tired, you’re just plain hungrier.