Quality sleep – and getting enough of it – is as essential to survival as food and water. It is vital to good health and well-being.
Sleep affects almost every type of tissue and system in the body – from the brain, heart, and lungs to metabolism, immune function, disease resistance and mood. Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning, helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative. Sleep is essential for forming and consolidating memories and learning new skills. Recent findings suggest that sleep even plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake.
Sleep supports healthy growth and development and is involved in the healing process, boosting your immune system, and recovering from the day’s activities.
Research shows that not getting enough sleep places a tremendous strain on your body and overall health. Chronic lack of sleep, or getting poor quality sleep, increases the risk of developing certain disorders such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, dementia, cancer and obesity.