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by Terri L Mooney-Hooker

Have you ever wondered the importance of your sleep habits? How many hours of sleep are needed each night, and are necessary for overall health and well-being? What are the benefits of a good night’s sleep? Our Wellness Team did some research and is pleased to share why sleep is so important to your total health.

When one sleeps, there is a lot going on in the physical body.  For example, healing and repairing of the heart and blood vessels takes place. In addition, good quality sleep can help protect your mental health, quality of life, and safety. Sleep deficiencies can actually do harm over time. It can leave someone at risk for possible chronic health problems, affect how well one thinks, reacts, works, learns, and even getting along with others.

Studies show a good night’s sleep:

  1. Improves learning
  2. Helps you to pay attention
  3. Helps in decision making
  4. Helps in being creative
  5. Improves your physical health by helping to maintain a healthy balance of hormones
  6. Helps the immune system

As you can see, sleep is just as important as what you eat and how you maintain your total health. Being aware of your sleep habits and helping to correct any sleep deficiencies will help you to achieve optimal health. Feel better, think better, work better and in general, BE better!

Sources:

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

http://www.apa.org/topics/sleep/why.aspx


About TerriHeadshot
Terri is the Administrative Coordinator at MAX. She performs all administrative duties, and helps out in other areas of the company when needed. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her children, two cats, and her extended family and friends. She is huge movie goer and an avid animal lover.

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