One of my favorite descriptions in literature is that of sleep in Macbeth:
“Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.”
William Shakespeare – Macbeth
The benefits of sleep have long been recognized, and yet, so many of us get too little of it. There has even been a new phrase bandied about – “sleep hygiene” – interesting. There seems to be a right and a wrong way to do it. At very least, a better or worse way to do it.
Catching some Zzzzz’s has some very compelling benefits as well. In case you don’t believe me, here is an incomplete list.
- Improves heart health
- Helps to prevent cancer
- Reduces Stress
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves your memory
- Helps you to lose weight
- Allows your body to repair itself
- Reduces the risk of depression
- Helps you live longer
- Gets your creative juices flowing
- Improves your attention span
- Boosts efficiency
- And a host of other benefits from improved academic and sports performance to helping you to avoid accidents!
The best part about getting enough sleep is being able to really enjoy time with your loved ones when you’re awake.
That makes for one happy baby!