Here's why you should give your body the ZZZs it needs.
Short-term down time can have long-term payoffs.
Steadier Blood Sugar
Allow yourself to reach and remain in this deep sleep, and you're less likely to get type 2 diabetes.
The time you spend in bed goes hand-in-hand with the time you spend at the table and at the gym to help you manage your weight.
Too Much of a Good Thing?
Sleep needs vary, but on average, regularly sleeping more than 9 hours a night may do more harm than good. Research found that people who slept longer had more calcium buildup in their heart arteries and less flexible leg arteries, too.
Your best bet is to shoot for 7-8 hours of slumber each night for peak health benefits.