At SnapRx we preach a healthy and happy lifestyle and there are few things that help reach those goals better than a good night’s sleep. Here why sleep is so crucial to good physical and mental health.

Helps you Lose Weight

It is well known that not getting enough sleep can link to weight gain. In a study done by the US National Library of Medicine it showed that kids and adults with less than satisfactory amounts of sleep (under 8 hours) where 89% and 55% more likely to become obese. One main reason behind these findings is that humans who are sleep deprived take in more calories and have unorthodox eating schedules. With this in mind try to set a sleep and meal schedule to make sure you are getting 8-10 hours of rest and controlling your calorie intake throughout the day.

Increases Productivity

Most people who say they aren’t morning people are really admitting they don’t get enough sleep or aren’t sleeping the same amount each day. The same medical journal mentioned above showed that medical interns who got more than the traditional amount of sleep where far less likely to make serious errors in their work day. If you are sleeping less then 7 hours or more than 10 you are not helping your body rest properly.

Decreases Risk of Depression

In another study done by the National Library of Medicine it showed that 90% of patients with depression had complaints about sleep quality. This stat is only referring to people actually seeking help, so the actual number could be higher. Simply put waking up tired or over sleeping can make you less productive and in turn have you feeling overwhelmed or depressed.

Reduces the Chance of Getting Sick

This one seems obvious but is still extremely important to keep in mind. Studies have shown that those who sleep less then 7 hours where up to three times more likely to develop a cold then those getting 8 or more hours. This is why a sleep schedule is so crucial. Just one extra hour of sleep can have a drastic influence on you physical and mental health.

If you are struggling to get enough sleep, check out some sleep alarm clocks in your app store. These apps will alert you when you should sleep and wake up, and will keep track of you sleep progress for you.