Improves cognitive function
We all know the feeling of brain fog that comes on when you don’t get enough rest. That’s because sleep helps our ability to think clearly, learn and remember.
“Skimping on sleep sets your brain up to make bad decisions. It dulls activity in the brain’s frontal lobe, the locus of decision-making and impulse control,” according to WebMD.
Stress management may help you sleep better. And sleeping better can also reduce stress. While that can be harder during uncertain times, experts recommend writing down some of your worries on a piece of paper, then setting it aside for tomorrow.
Maintain a healthy weight
Getting sleep can also help you maintain a healthy weight.
“Sleeping too little prompts people to eat bigger portions of all foods, increasing weight gain. And in a review of 18 studies, researchers found that a lack of sleep led to increased cravings for energy-dense, high-carbohydrate foods,” WebMD notes.