How sleeping benefits the mind

One of the more unfortunate things that happen to us as we age is that we get less and less sleep. This shouldn’t be the case. Not only does our body heal itself when we sleep, but our brains also reap a number of invaluable benefits.

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Let’s take a look at some of them.

Sleeping can delay the progress disorders in the brain

Studies show that sleeping can delay disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It has also been found that sleep disorders and insomnia may actually worsen brain dysfunctions and psychiatric disorders. When a person has a family history of these disorders, the lack of sleep may actually increase the risk of it happening.

Sleeping can improve brain chemistry

Sleeping has been found to strengthen a person’s mental and emotional state. According to neuroimaging and neurochemistry-based research, a tired brain needs rest to avoid producing beta-amyloid, which is a toxic protein that speeds up the loss of brain function. Scientists have shared that the brain, like any other part in the body needs rest if it’s used.

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Sleeping protects memory

Getting enough sleep helps people remember things better and protects long-term and short-term memory. This, of course, leads to better learning, decision making, and emotional balance, which is why sleep is an important activity for students.

Dr. Wayne Imber holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is a retired professor currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. More reads like this here.