Benefits of Extra Sleep

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3.

 

At 2:00 am on Sunday, clocks around the country will be turned back an hour, making it 1:00 am and giving us all an extra hour of sleep. Although some may not use the extra hour on Sunday to sleep in, many should. 

Dr. Nate Watson, a professor of neurology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and co-director of the school’s sleep center says, “we live in a society where the CDC considers sleep deprivation to be a public health epidemic…easily a third of individuals are not getting the recommended seven or more hours of sleep on a nightly basis, which is necessary to support optimal health.”

 

 

Sleep is known to be important for memory, appetite, mood, and immune and cardiovascular functions. additionally, studies have shown that sleeping just an extra hour a night can cause changes in genetic expression that help protect against diabetes, cancer, inflammation and stress.

There is compelling research to suggest that an extra hour of sleep can boost your athletic performance, and an extra hour on a regular basis is even better to help decrease blood pressure levels and provide a boost to overall heart health. 

 

 

With this extra hour of sleep, you’ll also remember better. REM sleep is the phase of slumber most closely linked to learning and memory and it kicks in about 90 minutes after you fall asleep and repeats in cycles of about 90 minutes. The periods of REM sleep, then, will be closer to the morning – making an extra hour an ideal benefit. 

 

 

In conclusion, sleep in when possible, your body will thank you.