Korean Study Shows Going to Bed Earlier is Better For Your Health

D-Bo , Jan. 6, 2015, 11:13 a.m.


Some 68 percent Koreans go to bed after midnight, statistics suggest, a habit which is generally unhealthy and especially for those trying to keep their weight down.  A lot of things go on in the body while people are asleep. Growth hormones form, increasing muscle mass and bone, dissolving fat, strengthening the immune system, and boosting metabolic activity. An adult loses an average of 1 kg of weight during sleep. 



The best time to get deep sleep is between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. because this is when the metabolism hits the lowest point. This is also when secretion of growth hormones is most active.  etting six-and-a half hours of sleep a night is enough for most people to function normally during the day. Getting more does not hurt, but modern lifestyles sometimes do not permit it. 

Instead, a 15-minute power nap during the day can work wonders.  Some people struggle to fall asleep when they go to bed early. A 20-minute stroll before going to bed can help, but do not force it because that can have the opposite effect. Paradoxically, if you decide to do some more work, you may start to feel sleepy.   Even lying down on the bed with your eyes closed will help you relieve stress considerably.

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