Whether your goal is to become an Olympic athlete, to lose 10 pounds, or to keep up with the endless energy of your rambunctious toddler each day, sleep plays a crucial role in your ability to achieve that goal.
Some may think that they less they sleep, the more they'll accomplish in those extra waking hours, but this theory can't hold up for very long. Here are a few reasons why.
First, sleep improves your memory. That all-night cram session for your biology midterm may not do you much good if you don't get at least some sleep. While your body rests, your mind is actually very active in storing memories, helping you learn and perform better, both mentally and physically, the next day and in the future.
If you're an athlete, sleep can help you be more successful in your sport of choice. A 2011 study at Stanford University found that basketball players who increased their sleeping time from 6 to 9 hours a night to at least 10 hours each night improved in both their running speed and shooting percentage.
Healthy sleep habits also reduce stress. If you get enough sleep, you're less likely to be depressed, anxious, and irritable. This can be quite a difference maker for everyone from the Fortune 500 CEO to the stay-at-home mom.
Last but not least, getting enough sleep may even help you lose weight. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, those who get enough sleep burn more calories during sleep than those who are sleep-deprived. It also stands to reason that if you go to bed earlier, you're not going to make any late-night trips to the refrigerator.
At Kensington Furniture, we want you to recognize the link between sleep and achievement and get the rest you need each night. Contact us today so we can help you find the perfect mattress that will help you reach your goals after a good night's sleep.
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