"Sleep regenerates neurons that enable the brain to function optimally," says lead author Jane Ferrie, Ph.D., senior researcher at University College London Medical School.
"The lack of proper sleep and quantity of sleep substantially effects our mood, mental and cognitive skills and motor abilities"-Mark McClusky, Faster, Higher, Stronger. In a study performed by Stanford researcher Cheri D. Mah with the Cardinal men's basketball team she found a 11 percent increase in free throw shooting and 13 percent increase in 3-point shooting along with an improvement of 0.7 seconds on a 282-foot sprint drill after a 5-7 week period where the student-athletes increased their average amount of sleep per night from 6.5 hours to 8.5 hours. (Faster, Higher, Stronger-Mark McClusky) Pro sports teams from the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and others have been consulting with her and her research team to use sleep as a performance enhancer and possibly gain a competitive edge within their arena.
Rather than looking at the deficits of the brain with regards to the lack of sleep, we should be acting upon the research of the benefits on the brain with increased sleep. We need to take care of our brains to optimize our health and well being. So often we hear people saying, "I can't afford to get that much sleep." My reply to them is, "you can't afford not to!"
I think I am going to go take a nap now.
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