Month: March 2018

Sleep Isn’t for the Weak: The Astonishing Boons of Snoozing

Haven’t you noticed how cranky or irritable you are when you haven’t had a decent night’s sleep after a long time? Yes, sleep can brighten your mood and more. However, it doesn’t only do wonders for your emotional health—it also does great things for your overall well-being.

Exercise and a healthy diet are part of the process of getting to your ideal health, but it all starts with sleep. Here’s why you should change your opinion of sleeping as just resting a tired body.

Sleeping helps with Memory

Those who lost a lot of time not sleeping in their childhood may suffer loss of memory in their old age. That’s because when we sleep, our minds become like computers; while we aren’t aware of it, it processes things we’ve done during the day when we awake. It’s how we master some things.

Sleep gives you ‘Immortality’

Well, we do fall asleep when we die, but sleeping—or getting the required amount of sleep—helps us live longer. A study done on people between the ages of 50 and 80 revealed that six hours or more of sleep helps people live longer. Obviously, we also are more active and alert when we’ve gotten our required hours of sleep.

Sleep helps your Body heal

When we get our required several hours sleeping, our body slows down and gets more rest. This also helps in curbing certain diseases. Problems with the heart, results like stroke, arthritis, and diabetes are only some of the possible problems the body faces when it lacks sleep over a long time.

Ideally Creating Ideas

When we get a good night’s rest, we become more alert. Our minds are more creative as well. Studies have pointed to sleep as an aid to repurposing your memories. Hence, when we get more sleep, we get more ideas as well, leading to more creativity in our activities.

When we get more sleep, we also get less cranky. This is better for all the people around us and for us, as we win more friends by sleeping—it’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

That Snooze Button: Animals Who Don’t Know how to Wake Up

Sleep is a biological need that absolutely everybody needs. There’s no question about it—people would rather starve to death and not die without sleep. It’s an essential need that helps you to have a healthy lifestyle. Other animals—we are animals too, after all—are different, however.

This list consists of animals you’d most rather see asleep than awake. From the small to the big, here are the animals that made this list.

Squirrels


Sleep time: 14.9 hrs

At 14.9 hrs, there are a number of activities we could have accomplished, but not the squirrel. While you might see them actively seeking food, the fact is they’re quite the sleepers. They’re asleep for almost half the day, although they are quite active when they’re awake.

Tiger


Sleep time: 15.8 hrs

For all their ferocity, the mighty tiger is just essentially a big cat, after all. Cats have cat naps and the tiger is no different. It needs a longer time of sleep than the minute squirrel—and rightfully so. If you’ve seen the mighty tiger hunt, you’ll now know where it gets the energy to do that.

Python


Sleep time: 18 hrs

For such a large animal, there’s no wonder why the python needs all that sleep time. After all, it spends much energy in hunting for animals larger than itself, then another half of that energy swallowing it whole. It then spends most of its sleeping time presumably digesting and storing that energy for another big hunt.

Giant Armadillo


Sleep time: 18.1 hrs

It just seems that the larger the animal, the longer the time it spends sleeping. The giant armadillo spends most of its time doing the opposite of hunting—defending itself from attacks. There’s nothing like a relaxing nap of 18 or more hours as a reward for staying alive.

Koala


Sleep time: 22 hrs

The koala is almost like a sloth, just cuter. If you’ve seen how chill its movements are, you’ll also get an idea why it’s resting most of the time. A koala, on average, spends 22 hrs asleep. That’s about a day’s worth of sleep every day in its lifetime.

Most humans would rather develop or create something worthy when they’re awake. These animals, however, won’t have none of that—it’s the price you pay for being too ‘chill’.