Have you wondered why we sleep?
Are these statements familiar to you?
“I am always a bad sleeper”.
“I thrive on little sleep”.
“I never sleep well”.
Sleep is a biological function essential for survival. Humans spend one-third of their lives sleeping or trying to sleep, and all animals sleep.
Sleep is one of three pillars of health, with nutrition and exercise. During sleep, many physiological and biological processes occur, from cellular changes to hormonal productions and metabolic functions.
There are negative consequences of poor quality sleep or inadequate sleep, such as
Increased incidence of
- cardiovascular disease
- mental illnesses
- cognitive decline and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
- chronic pain
Impairment of executive functions such as decision making
Impairment of the immune system
- increased risk of infections such as colds
- reduced effectiveness of vaccines
If you have a chronic health condition, is poor sleep a factor?
Did you know – not all nights of sleep are the same? Sleep under the influence of hypnotics is not the same as natural sleep that follows the circadian rhythm.
Find out how well you are sleeping and ways to improve your sleep.
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