The Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests six reasons to get enough sleep:

  1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.

  2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.

  3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.

  4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.

  5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.

  6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

Good sleep was one of the primary factor which helped in my recovery of my physical and mental state well-being. “Good sleep” refers to at least 6-8 hours of consistent sleeping hours. I’d sleep at 10 or 11 at the latest daily, to wake up at 5am or 6am the following day. Mind feels fresh and eager to start the new day.

One tip to help sleep easier at night was to switch off and stay away from any electronic devices 30 mins prior to our sleep. This helps our mind to relax and prepares itself to sleep.

Sleep is a form of exercise even to me. In the sense that it requires effort in its preparation. Time to take control of your own body.