Benefits of Getting More Sleep (With The Clocks Going Back)

Benefits of Getting More Sleep (With The Clocks Going Back)

Helps You Achieve a Healthy Weight

A lack of sleep encourages fluctuations in hormones that control your appetite. When your ghrelin levels increase, and your leptin levels reduce, your appetite is more likely to surge. According to one study, increased appetite makes you eat more calories, promoting weight gain.

Improves Your Heart Health

One study found that sleep deprivation can lead to high blood pressure or hypertension. When you develop hypertension, you become more susceptible to heart disease and stroke.

Promotes Better Mental Health

According to one study, a lack of quality sleep can increase the production and release of a stress hormone called cortisol. When your cortisol levels are high, you are more likely to suffer mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Barbara Santini

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

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