Sleep. It’s one of the most basic things our bodies need (in addition to food, water, and light), and yet, it’s something that evades many of us. Now, more than ever, a slew of sleep-disrupting circumstances has the power to pummel us every single day—light from computers, late dinners, and working right up until bedtime, just to name a few.
But we might rethink those detrimental activities if we start to consider how deeply they can affect our sleep, and in turn, our overall health. Michael J. Breus, PhD, of The Sleep Doctor, sums it up well, saying, “Sleep is healing. It is the time for both physical and mental restoration.”
Rebecca Robbins, PhD, research fellow at the NYU School of Medicine, agrees. “Sleep is food for the brain and body,” she says. “During sleep, our brain goes through complex stages of rest, and then activity. We are seeing sleep every night potentially play an important role in reducing our risk for chronic and life-threatening conditions, as well as neurocognitive decline later in life.”
And Janet K. Kennedy, PhD, clinical psychologist and founder of NYC Sleep Doctor, believes in the recuperative effects of sleep. “The body and mind repair the day’s damage during sleep,” she says. “Chronic sleep deprivation affects a broad range of functioning including learning and memory, immunity and resistance to infection, response times, concentration, insulin resistance, weight gain, and mood.”
These health issues should be motivation enough to commit to good sleep, but if you need an extra oomph, doesn’t the idea of energized, exhaustion-free days appeal to you? Whatever your reason might be, quality sleep can be yours, starting from the moment you wake up to when you lay your head down on your pillow at night. Our experts will take you through a day that can help promote your best night’s sleep yet.