A good night's sleep can be a fantastic way of rejuvenating yourself and preparing yourself for the day ahead. After all, there are few better ways to start the day than knowing you've gotten a good eight hours the night before. However, as well as leaving you feeling rejuvenated and replenished, getting enough sleep also has a surprising number of additional health benefits. Here at Mattress Next Day we've listed a few of them below: Improved memory Contrary to popular belief, your brain gets up to a surprising amount during your non-waking hours. One of the most important of these activities is in consolidating and reinforcing your memories. This is why often, after a good night's sleep, you'll find that things you memorised the day before spring to mind far quicker and easier. Reduced blood pressure Research has shown that those who get less than six hours' sleep per night are more likely to have higher blood pressure than those who regularly get a good night's sleep. This means those who get enough sleep each night are at less risk of contracting arthritis, diabetes, strokes, and heart disease. Increased creativity It's not just memories and blood pressure that benefit from a good night's sleep. Studies have shown that sleeping well can also give a boost to your levels of creativity. This may be down to the emotional areas of the memory, which contribute to creativity and are strengthened during sleep. Improved sports' performance As well as boosting your long-term health, getting enough sleep can also work wonders for your performance at sporting events. Studies have shown that athletes, including runners and swimmers, found themselves benefiting from far greater stamina and energy after getting a good night's sleep. Of course, in order to enjoy these benefits, it's important to ensure that you're fully prepared for a great night's sleep. Fewer things are more important than having a comfortable, relaxing mattress to sink into at the end of a long day. For some great mattresses guaranteed to give you a good night's sleep, take a look through our wide and varied selection here at Mattress Next Day.