There is a saying that says “sleep gives sound mind to the body.” It’s the beginning of another year many people will want to give it all it takes to succeed at this early part of the year, some would not even mind denying themselves the adequate sleep the body deserves. But just before you start your ‘workaholic’ nature you need to consider some importance of sleep and how it is also a good tool to succeed.

According to Oxford English Dictionary defines sleep as “a condition of body and mind which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended”.  When these happen the body by the next day comes alive active and healthy for the day work because all the muscles are more relaxed and can perform better after much relaxation.

Sleep helps you to stay healthy both mentally and physically when we sleep well, we wake up feeling refreshed and alert for our daily activities. Sleep plays a vital role in how we look, feel and perform on a daily basis, and can have a major impact on our overall quality of life.

Report has it that to get the most out of our sleep, both quantity and quality are important. Teens need at least eight hours—and on average 9¼ hours—a night of uninterrupted sleep to leave their bodies and minds rejuvenated for the next day. If sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to complete all of the phases needed for muscle repair, memory consolidation and release of hormones regulating growth and appetite. Then we wake up less prepared to concentrate, make decisions, or engage fully in school and social activities.

It is important to note the following as sleep efficiency for the body and mind.

It aids refreshment: The brain is busy restoring itself in the process of sleeping. When awake, certain neurons in the brain are actively producing a chemical called adenosine, which is a by-product of cell activities. When this chemical builds up, it causes a person to feel sleepy. While busy catching up on zzz’s, though, the body clears itself of adenosine, which allows such person awaken feeling alert and refreshed, rather than tired.

Rebuilding of tissues and helps them grow: Sleep gives an opportunity for rejuvenation. Many of the critical restorative functions in the body—like tissue repair and muscle growth—occur mostly or only during sleep.

It relaxes muscles: During sleep, muscles are relaxed, which can help relieve tension and reduce symptoms of certain types of chronic pain. Just like a person couldn’t mentally focus for 24-hours straight at a day job, the body needs a break to chill out so it can conquer the next day with gusto.

Sleep is vitally important when it comes to refreshing and reviving the body and mind. To stay healthy and strong you need to sleep well at the appropriate time.

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