Adults need around 8 hours of sleep daily. Recent studies elaborated by several American universities show that some physical diseases namely heart diseases appear when sleeping hours decrease, and that insomnia leads to psychological problems.
Psychological studies show that a siesta (mid day break) for 10 to 40 minutes daily enhances the person’s concentration and does not cause insomnia.
The benefits of a nap are numerous, such as:
- It relaxes the person and helps him to improve his productive capacities and his physical energy.
- At the cognitive level, it helps in regaining focus and attention, especially after spending hours at work. That is why some developed countries give a break for an hour or an hour and a half of work.
- At the psychological level, the siesta alleviates anxiety and stress due to intense physical and mental activity during the day.
What are the psychological benefits of sleeping?
The people who sleep between 8 and 10 hours a day are more productive and energetic than those who sleep for less than seven hours. The most important psychological benefits of sleeping include:
- It improves the assimilation capacity and the memory.
- It provides a psychological tranquility. In fact, we often ask the visitors of psychological clinics about the quality and quantity of sleep, because it has a direct effect on the person’s daily life.
- It decreases psychological anxiety and discomfort and improves the mood.
- It helps in increasing the secretion of the physical and psychological growth hormone among children. That is why it is considered very important for the children’s intellectual and mental growth.
- It increases mental activity, thus increasing the person’s cognitive and assimilative capacities.
What are the physical benefits of sleeping?
- First, sleep provides physical comfort especially that the body surrenders to serenity. The quality of sleep affects the body directly, especially the heart and blood vessels.
- Second, regular sleep preserves the person’s health and has a direct impact on its weight. In fact, researchers consider that the success of diets is linked with the number of daily sleeping hours.
- Third, moderate and good sleep increases the body’s immunity. Science has discovered the tight link between psychological comfort and immunity; the more the person was psychologically comfortable, the stronger was his immunity and vise versa.
- Fourth, sleep helps in the process of cells and tissues regeneration, for many cells will be renewed when sleeping and will grow to compensate the fatigue and ultraviolet rays.
Tips for a healthy sleep:
- Sleeping is not something imposed on you. Do not go to bed before you’re feeling sleepy or you will get nervous and you won’t be able to sleep.
- Noises, yelling and other external effects will transform your sleep from a period of relaxation to a period of anxiety. In this regard, we advise you to listen to quiet music before heading to bed, or to listen to it in bed before sleeping.
- Avoid stimulant substances that activate the nervous system before going to bed, such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, or chocolate…
- Avoid stressful news as much as possible and avoid listening to the news on the television or radio, or even reading the paper.
- Before going to bed, you should not do sports because it stimulates the body and stops it for relaxing.