The 11 Biggest Health Benefits Of Sleep

January 28, 2015 1:16 PM

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The 11 Biggest Health Benefits Of Sleep

Quality shut-eye is some of the best medicine available. It leads to more energy, helps you handle stress and improves overall well-being. Your system also benefits in countless little-known yet important ways when you get the seven to eight hours nightly that experts recommend. Sleep is your body's time to heal, recharge and restore itself. Skimp on it, it that sleep debt affects every body function, from your memory to your mood to the number of sick days you take and even your risk for a heart attack, says Shalini Paruthi, M.D., a sleep specialist and spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In case you need more convincing, here are the 11 biggest ways sleep gives your body a major assist.

Sleep keeps your heart healthy. Add sleep deprivation to the list of risk factors that can leave you spending a lot of time in a cardiologist's office. "Poor sleep quality is linked to heart health problems, from high blood pressure to heart attacks," says Paruthi. Here's why: Regularly shortchangin...

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