10 Reasons To Sleep That Have Nothing To Do With Being Tired

Raise your hand if you’ve already let out a big yawn today.

Our collective culture of busyness makes it seem acceptable to operate in a state of sleepiness, when it’s anything but. Here’s the truth: You’re doing more harm than good by avoiding rest in order to squeeze an extra hour or two out of your day.

It’s time to take back control of your schedule for the sake of sleep. Aside from being downright exhausted, there are plenty of other reasons you should prioritize those Zs. Here are just a few incentives to hit the pillow:

1. Sleep will improve your memory.

Forget the brain games: A sharper mind happens when you close your eyes. Research shows that sleep can boost your short-term memory. It also helps you retain information better the following day, according to Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine. No wonder school was so miserable after you pulled an all nighter.

2. You won’t be such a grouch.

Feeling a little “slangry?” Blame those lack of Zs. A 2015 study found that sleep deprivation makes it difficult to process emotions, provoking unpleasant reactions to relatively neutral triggers. More sleep = a happier mood.

3. It might boost your sex drive.

The chances of having enjoyable moments of intimacy with a partner when you’re tired are slim. Research shows a lack of sleep may be linked to erectile dysfunction and a lower libido. More sleep and better sex? Sounds like a win-win.

4. Getting those Zs may help you prolong your life.

The fountain of youth may not exist, but seven to nine hours a night is a close second. Research suggests that less sleep may be associated with a shorter lifespan, and a constant state of exhaustion can also affect your overall —> Read More