“Sleep is the Swiss army knife of health. When sleep is deficient, there is sickness and disease and when sleep is abundant, there is vitality and health” according to sleep researcher Matthew Walker PhD.
Getting a full 8 hours sleep each night promotes optimal function of both mind and body. It would appear that no system within the body is spared and that a persons ability to make decisions can be impacted as much as a person who is over the legal driving limit.
By short cutting sleep just a few hours per night has shown to impair not only decision making but co-ordination, immune function, digestion, cardiac function, reproductive system, hormonal balance and blood sugars. This is why a lack of sleep can lead to sickness and disease.
Simply setting up greater habits around night time routines to get a good nights sleep of 8 hours is critical to supporting a persons health and wellbeing.
Sleep is not a passive process. It is a vital time of repair, maintenance, growth and development. Is it time you deployed the Swiss army knife of health into action and begin to get 8 hours sleep each night? Your quality of life may just thank you.