To not be able to sleep at night or simply sleeping poorly is one the most commonly reported problems people experience today, a little bit depending on how survey questions are asked and which data you look at somewhere between every tenth and every fifth person experience sleeping issues a given week. To tackle this problem we will run a series of blog posts where we will both speak to the importance of sleep and what can be done in order to improve yours.
Sleep is a vital necessity for the human body to keep functioning. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental and physical health, quality of life, and safety. It may sound dramatic but it is true. During sleep, your body is working to support a healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. You might e.g. have experienced the feeling like you are going to be sick the next day and wake up feeling fine. Magic? No it is because your immune system is at its most active point while you sleep.
Not sleeping properly also affects how well you think, react, focus and learn. On this last note recent research even suggest that you have a significantly better retention of information when forming new connections in your brain if you sleep shortly after having studied.
So in short, sleeping is extremely important, and we need to get away from a culture where not sleeping enough is considered macho or cool. Everyone benefits from more sleep, some people need a little less but almost all people we know could probably benefit from more. After all sleep is probably the most important thing you do all day, because it affects everything else you do.