Whether it’s too much Netflix, working late into the evening, or simply bad habits, many of us are getting less than the recommended amount of sleep. But according to the National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and
Stroke in Washington, sleep is as essential to survival as food and water. Without it you can’t form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories, and it’s harder to concentrate and respond quickly. Sleep affects almost every bodily tissue and system – from the brain, heart and lungs to metabolism, immune function, mood and disease resistance. Research shows a chronic lack of sleep, or poor quality sleep, increases the risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and obesity, just to name a few. So prioritise getting to bed at a reasonable time; your body will thank you for it.