Sleep, why is it so important?

Sleep, why is it so important?

Sleep is as important to the body as oxygen, exercise and a well-balanced diet. Beyond boosting your productivity and mood, a sufficient amount of sleep can benefit your weight, mind, heart and overall health.

While we are sleeping, our brain is at work repairing damage, restoring our immune system and starving our brains of toxins.

Most of us are aware that we should sleep around 8 hours on average an evening, but do we know how beneficial it really is? During sleep, there are many processes going on allowing your body to repair and recover, all of which support healthy brain development, regulating our immune system and a healthy heart.

With the world running at full speed, most adults are sleeping less and less and are only sleeping for 6-7 hours a night. Without adequate rest, the chances of making mistakes and accidents are higher as our reaction time is reduced. Sleep deprivation can have a direct impact on your mood, memory, weight, productivity and can have serious long-term damage to your health. According to Sleep expert and neuroscientist Matthew Walker, “The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life."

So next time you set your alarm before that 8 hour mark, it might be a good idea to hit the snooze button to ensure sufficient amount for your day ahead!