Importance of sleep

Importance of sleep

So little time and so much to do! Today’s hectic lifestyle leads to one very common issue i.e. lack of sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Quality sleep at the right times helps protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

While sleeping, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.

The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant, or it can harm you over time. It also can affect how well you think, react, behave, work, learn, and get along with others.

While you're sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It's forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information.
A good night's sleep improves learning and enhances your learning and problem-solving skills. Sleep also helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.

Sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If you don’t get enough sleep, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.

Children and teens that are sleep-deficient may have problems getting along with others. They may feel angry and impulsive, have mood swings, feel sad or depressed, or lack motivation. They also may have problems paying attention, and they may get lower grades and feel stressed.

As a result, sleep deficiency is not only harmful on a personal level, but it also can cause large-scale damage. For example, sleep deficiency has played a role in human errors linked to tragic accidents, such as nuclear reactor meltdowns, grounding of large ships, and aviation accidents.

 

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