Your body needs sleep to repair it’s self. Your cells make protein at night and they are used to repair these cells. Many of our hormones are produced at night and your body can not function properly if you are not getting between six and eight hours of sleep a night.
When you sleep your body produces melatonin, this hormone is important for helping us fall asleep, but also a important fighter in the war against cancer. New research shows that those who work the night shift and are exposed to artificial light have more cases of cancer.
Sleeping can also help us with our weight control. When you do not get enough sleep your body craves food, especially carbs. This may be a attempt for out bodies to produce energy when we are tired and feeling listless.
Not getting enough sleep has been associated with heart attacks, strokes, mental disease and just plain old bad moods. Make sure you get enough sleep by getting to bed early. Many experts believe that the time spent sleeping before midnight is the most beneficial. Setting a specific bedtime and sticking with it can make sure that you get the right amount of sleep and the health benefits that go with it.