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Welcome to Baptist Sleep Centers.

Get back to dreaming again. Restful sleep is essential to one's health and many of us aren't getting enough. Over 25 percent of Americans experience occasional sleep deprivation and typically sleep less than seven hours a night — three hours less than an average night's sleep before the light bulb was invented. See our Top 10 sleep benefits.

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1. Healthy Heart

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Lack of sleep increases the risk of heart disease, research shows. Without adequate sleep, the body produces a hormone that can cause inflammation of the heart, which can lead to heart disease and stroke. Being short on sleep is also connected to high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and increased levels of stress hormones.

2. Learning and Memory

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Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory. A process called memory consolidation occurs during sleep. While your body may be resting, your brain is busy processing your day, making connections between events, sensory input, feelings and memories. Getting more quality sleep will help you remember and process things better.

3. Metabolism and Weight

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Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by changing the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite. People who sleep less than seven hours a night are more likely to be overweight or obese.

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4. Personal and Public Safety

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Lack of sleep contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes, such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps and road accidents.

5. Increased Energy and Alertness

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A good night's sleep makes you feel energized and alert the next day. Being engaged and active not only feels great, it increases your chances for another good night's sleep.

6. Body Repair

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During sleep, the body repairs damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays and other harmful exposures by regenerating tissues, building bone and muscle, and strengthening the immune system.

7. Mental Health

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Sleep affects many of the chemicals in the body, including serotonin. People with a deficiency in serotonin are more likely to suffer from depression. Getting enough sleep, between 7 and 9 hours each night, can help prevent depression and other mental illnesses.

8. Better Mood

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Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.

9. Better Appearance

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Lack of sleep shows in your face — puffy eyes with dark circles beneath; and dull, dehydrated skin. During your beauty sleep, the production of collagen 1 accelerates, which helps the skin maintain moisture and look its best. Sleep deficit also makes you more prone to rashes and other skin outbreaks.

10. Disease Prevention

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Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body's killer cells that prevent and fight disease. Keeping up with sleep may also help prevent cancer, as well as cancer recurrences.

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