According to the 2019 National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America poll, a regular sleep schedule has a great impact on the physical, emotional, and productivity of a person's well-being.
A deviation of an hour or more from the regular sleep schedule has affected those with poor sleep health compared to those with excellent sleep health.
The poll shows a strong correlation between sleep schedule consistency and the effect on a person's well-being the following morning. Consistent bedtimes and wake times throughout the week resulted in more benefits compare to having an erratic schedule.
Sleep in America 2019 Poll by Langer Research Associates
We all need to be touched. Our need for physical contact is manifested since birth. As babies, we cry, suckle, and cling to our parents or caregivers. These attachment behaviors promote physical closeness, and we might be reaping the benefits without us knowing.
Cuddling for about 10 minutes releases a hormone called oxytocin or the “love hormone” while inhibiting cortisol aka "the stress hormone". It relieves pain, boosts your immune system, and eases stress or tension. Cuddling before bedtime is even greater because it helps you fall asleep.
Lack of sleep affects the immune system. People who slept 6 hours or less were 4 times more likely to catch a cold compared to those who have an average of 7 hours or more of sleep. Major benefits your immune system gets with enough sleep include the following:
Increased immune function, reduced risk to colds and flu, fight infection and illnesses, help recover from diseases, and beats mental disorders.