You’ve been told it’s important to get sleep since you were a kid. You may even know it’s important but can’t help but skimp on it to finish that series you’re binge watching, taking care of last minute emails, or fidgeting on social media till you get so sleepy you end up snoozing on the couch. It is crucial to your mental and physical health that you get 7.5-8 hours of quality sleep every night.
Why Sleep is Important to Your Mental HealthMiss a few hours of sleep for a day or 2, and you may find yourself cranky, not able to concentrate, or making silly mistakes. Nothing earth shattering, but still impactful if you have a big day ahead of you - a job interview, prep work for an event you’re hosting, that important meeting you’re presenting at. Looking at the long-term effects of poor sleep, you’re at even greater risks:
- Slowed Thought Processing
- Mood Swings
Why Sleep is Important to Your Physical HealthWe’re hard on our bodies. The strain we put them through on a daily basis requires quality downtime to restore back to baseline. When we sleep, the body goes into “repair mode”, expressing a host of functions such as fighting viruses, healing that scrape on your arm, or growing more facial hair.
- Weakened Immune System
- Heightened Risk of Heart Disease
- Weight Gain