When it comes to sleep, there are a number of well-known benefits to be had. However, there are plenty of surprising benefits as well. One of these benefits is an improved memory. Sleeping can strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake. Another benefit is it can spur creativity.
While the brain consolidates memories and makes them stronger during sleep, it also reorganizes and restructures them – resulting in an increase of creativity. One other surprising benefit is lowering stress. Increased sleep allows you to have better control of your blood pressure, thus causing reduced stress levels.