Benefits of Sleep

Lack of sleep impacts health and wellness, and pay a price with our ability to learn, our healthy, and our quality of life.

  • Our bodies regulate sleep in the same way as it regulates eating, drinking and breathing. Making it critical to our health and well-being.
    • Example: Hunger- is a protection mechanism that ensures we consume enough nutrients our bodies need to function properly.
    • Sleep- Sleepiness ensures that we obtain the sleep and rest we need to help our bodies and minds function properly
  • However, many individuals overlook the potential long-term health consequences of insufficient sleep. Following are some negative consequences that proceed lack of sleep:
Conditions that can be affected by lack of sleep
  1. Obesity
  2. Diabetes
  3. Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
  4. Immune Function
  5. The Common Cold
  • Appetite
  • Nervous system
  • Mental Health
A recent study concluded that these conditions can be pronounced by reducing sleep by just two to three hours a night (1)
  • Most experts agree that getting enough good quality sleep is important to health and well-being just like nutrition and exercise.
  • Therefore, sleeping the recommended 7-8 hours a night helps ward off disease and health problems.
  • Increasing the quality of sleep serves to “restore” what is lost in the body while we are awake.

Action Steps:

  1. Start tracking your how many hours of actual sleep you get a night.
  2. Track your activities you engage in before bed.
  3. Monitor your appetite, mood, and mental clarity throughout the day.

(1) Source: Harvard Medical School. 2008. Sleep and Health.