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Sleep is a vital function for our body, but is it really good for our health and our brain? The answer is a resounding yes. Studies show that sleep plays a crucial role in maintaining brain health, including memory consolidation, mood regulation and protection against neurodegenerative diseases.

 

Sleep and memory consolidation

Sleep is essential for memory consolidation. When we sleep, our brain sorts and stores the information we have learned during the day. There is evidence that people who get enough sleep have better short and long-term memory than those who don’t get enough sleep. When we sleep, our brain processes new information and stores it in our long-term memory. This means that sleep is crucial for learning and long-term memory.

Studies have also shown that sleep promotes the creation of new neural connections in the brain, which enhances our ability to learn and remember new information. In addition, sleep also helps reduce age-related memory loss.

 

Sleep and mood regulation

Sleep also plays a crucial role in mood regulation. People who do not get enough sleep tend to be more irritable, anxious and depressed. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can increase stress levels and reduce the ability to cope with stressful events.

Getting enough sleep is therefore important for maintaining a stable mood and reducing the risk of mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. In addition, sleep can also help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in people with these disorders.

 

Sleep and weight

Sleep is also important for maintaining a healthy weight. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to gain weight and become obese. This is due in part to the impact of sleep deprivation on the hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism. People who don’t get enough sleep are also more likely to eat foods that are high in calories and fat.

 

Sleep and the immune system

Sleep is important to maintain a strong immune system. While we sleep, our bodies produce proteins that fight infection, inflammation and disease. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick and take longer to heal.
 
 
 
 

Sleep to protect against neurodegenerative diseases

Sleep also plays a crucial role in protecting against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can contribute to the development of these diseases.

Lack of sleep can lead to a buildup of beta-amyloid proteins in the brain, which is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, lack of sleep can also affect the production of dopamine in the brain, which is an important neurotransmitter involved in Parkinson’s disease.

Getting enough sleep may help reduce the risk of developing these neurodegenerative diseases and may even help slow their progression in people who already have them.

Tips for quality sleep

 

Now that we have seen how important sleep is to our brain, it is important to know how to improve the quality of our sleep. Here are some tips for quality sleep:

  • Establish a regular sleep routine: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This will help your body regulate its internal clock and get more rest.
  • Create a conducive sleeping environment: Make sure your room is dark, quiet and comfortable. Avoid sources of light and noise that may disturb your sleep, and use comfortable sheets, pillows and mattress.
  • Avoid stimulants:  Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, especially at night. They can disrupt your sleep and prevent you from falling asleep.
  • Limit screen exposure: Avoid screens (television, computer, cell phone) at least one hour before bedtime. The blue light emitted by screens can disrupt your sleep by affecting the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep.
  • Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help you sleep better, but avoid strenuous exercise at night, as it can raise your heart rate and keep you from falling asleep.
  • Avoid heavy meals before bed: Avoid heavy meals and alcoholic beverages before bedtime. This can disrupt your digestion and prevent you from falling asleep.
  • Take time to relax: Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing or yoga to help you unwind before bed.

 

Finally, the amount of sleep we need varies from person to person and from age to age. Infants need 14 to 17 hours of sleep per day, children need 9 to 11 hours of sleep, adolescents need 8 to 10 hours of sleep, and adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Although these times may vary from person to person, it is important to respect your sleep needs to maintain optimal health.
 
 
So with our coaches SCARLETT and CLINT, we have seen that the quality of your sleep is important for your mental and physical health. By following these simple tips, you can improve the quality of your sleep and wake up more rested and ready to face the day.

Train your brain with the CLINT game program

 

Sleeping allows our brain to consolidate acquired information. During the day it is important to stimulate your brain to increase your knowledge and skills.

The Clint app offers more than 30 fun and cultural games to improve all your cognitive functions while having fun. You can stimulate memory, attention, language and find new strategies. After a good sleep, all this new information will be consolidated and you will be able to use it in your daily activities.

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