People are known to have survived longer without food than without sleep. In fact, people sleep one-third of their lives. If you’re 30 years old now, you’ve slept for 10 years. Thinking of it this way, it’s surprising. Rob Sulaver of Men’s Fitness explains why you shouldn’t deprive yourself of adequate sleep.

You Grow As You Sleep

It’s not just an old wives’ tale. Your body produces growth hormones while you sleep. Growth hormones are responsible for growth, fat loss, calcium retention, and strengthening of the immune system.

An Active Lifestyle Requires More Sleep

Males 17-35 years old must have between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. Those who are more physically active need more.

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It’s “Longer” Sleep That Restores The Body

You’ve heard that sleep has a restorative function, but it’s the later and deeper stages of sleep that give you those benefits.

The Quality And Quantity Of Sleep Are Both Important

To benefit from a good night’s sleep and feel fully restored every morning, you must have an environment that is conducive to high-quality sleep. Reduce noise and ambient light. Sleep at the same time every night and wake up the same time in the morning. These things set your inner body clock, or circadian rhythm.

Try Some Natural Supplements To Improve Sleep

Topical magnesium lotion is easily absorbed by the skin and aids in sleeping. It’s a great way to moisturize and feel dopey before going to bed.

If these things don’t work and your lack of sleep hinders your lifestyle, see a doctor. Sleep is an important element of health.