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10 Reasons why sleep is important for you health

Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component of every person's overall health and well-being. It is important because it enables your body to repair and be ready for the next day.

Being able to have a good night's sleep means:

  1. Better productivity and concentration

  2. Reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke

  3. Lower inflammation

    1. studies suggest a link between sleep deprivation and inflammatory bowel diseases that affect people’s gastrointestinal tract.

  4. Lower the risk of weight gain

  5. Preventing depression

  6. Better calorie regulation

    1. Studies show that sleep-deprived individuals have a bigger appetite and tend to eat more calories.

  7. Greater athletic performance

  8. More social and emotional intelligence

  9. Improvement of your immune function

    1. Some studies have found that individuals who sleep less than 7 hours are almost 3 times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept 8 hours or more.

  10. Reducing the risk of diabetes

    1. Those sleeping less than 6 hours per night have repeatedly been shown to be at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes


According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and prevention) the breakdown for recommended sleep is:

Newborns (0–3 months): 14–17 hours

Infants (4–12 months): 12–16 hours

Toddler (1–2 years): 11–14 hours

Preschool (3–5 years): 10–13 hours

School age (6–12 years): 9–12 hours

Teen (13–18 years): 8–10 hours

Adult (18–60 years): 7-plus hours

Adult (61–64 years): 7–9 hours

Adult (65+ years): 7–8 hours

A good night sleep is not only quantity of hours slept but also quality.

If you have trouble sleeping, a customised hypnotherapy programme can help you. Contact me for a FREE assessment. ✨Karen Turner - Hypnotherapist, Reiki Practitioner and Wellness Coach ✨



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