Sleep is a natural bodily function just as breathing, eating and drinking are. What you may not realize is just how beneficial sleep is for you and why. Did you know that you will spend a third of your life sleeping?

Everyone recognizes the importance of sleep. You know you feel tired and have no energy when you miss sleep, plus your moods and general well being change.

A ton of research has gone into understanding the benefits of sleep. Sleep has been shown to help improve immune function, your metabolism, memory as well as your ability to learn. Sleep is required so that your body can run and perform at optimal levels.

Sleep has been shown to help your learning and memory function. There are two main benefits connected with this and sleep. The first one is quite simple and that is a person who is deprived of sleep just cannot focus properly, so they will not learn effectively. The second benefit is that after learning something new your memory consolidates this information while sleeping. So studying just before going to bed is a good thing.

Getting adequate sleep has been linked with living longer. Research shows that people who slept under 5 hours per night were more likely to die early. This does not mean that you want to oversleep either, too much sleep is also connected with a shorter life span.

Your health can also be affected by the quality of your sleep. People who sleep less than 6 hours a day often suffer with health issues such as arthritis, diabetes, suffering from a stroke and heart disease.

This has been linked to them having more inflammatory protein levels in their blood. When these issues are treated and more sleep is accomplished the protein levels have been shown to decline.

Your creativity levels, athleticism and school grades can all improve by sleeping more. It was discovered that many children with ADHD were actually sleep deprived.  It is recommended that young children get more than 8 hours of sleep per night.

If you are trying to lose sleep has additional benefits. Dieters who sleep more find that they can lose weight quickly. This is because your metabolism and sleep are controlled by the same areas of your brain. If losing weight is your goal, then try and get a good night’s rest every night.

As you can see sleep really does have a major impact on your life. If you are having difficulty sleeping then look for ways to improve this.