Why to Sleep?

Sleep is essential for survival much like food and water. When our body and mind require sleep, it cannot adapt to getting less sleep. Over time too little sleep creates “sleep debt” and much like an account that has been overdrawn, we will have to repay the sleep debt or the consequences become serious. Research has shown that lack of sleep is associated with impaired judgment, memory problems, poor eye-hand coordination, increased susceptibility to sickness (poor immunity), eating disorders, high blood pressure, heart problems, and depression.

During sleep, neural pathways are created and maintained to help us to learn, create memories, and improve concentration. Sleep helps to remove toxins built up during the day and aids in the healing process. The body produces cytokines (agents that boost the immune system) during sleep, which help to ward off infections and inflammation. Hence people who sleep less have poor immunity to even minor infections, which eventually translate to more serious health conditions.