Stefanie Senior

By: Stefanie Senior

Registered Dietitian, 
in collaboration with Live Right Now

Getting enough sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise for your health and wellbeing. With the busy schedules that we keep, combined with the myriad of things occupying our minds during the day and often late into the evening, it is no wonder why sleep often gets put on the backburner.

Here are six remarkable reasons why you should make sleep a top priority of your life:

  1. Improves quality of life and mental wellbeing. It regulates your mood and energy levels and supports learning, memory, concentration and problem solving.

  2. Maintains physical health. Chronic sleep deficiency has been linked to heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and obesity.

  3. Helps manage weight. Inadequate sleep causes hormonal fluctuations that can lead to an overactive appetite and cravings.

  4. Supports a healthy immune system so that you are able to fight off illnesses such as flus and colds.

  5. Helps manage chronic or acute pain. A lack of sleep can lower your pain threshold.

  6. Helps prevent injury. Sleep deprivation is linked to motor vehicle crashes and work and household accidents such as falling down the stairs.

National Institutes of Health: Why is sleep important?

Curious how much sleep you should be getting? Click here to use our Get Enough tool.

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