Sleep is Critical for your Well Being and Brain May 06 2018

We have known for years how important sleep is, but new studies are coming out proving it.  As it turns out, Sleep is not only important for your immune system, but also lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain.  Previous research has shown that our metabolism is negatively affected by sleep loss,' said Jonathan Cedernaes, lead author and a researcher at Uppsala University.  Sleep loss has also been linked to an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Just ONE night of bad sleep can alter your genes: Pulling an all-nighter damages the DNA in our biological clocks, claims study.  Wow, this just shows how important sleep is each and every night.  Many people have a difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep.  It is so important to sleep the entire night without disruption.

No one knows why we sleep, but studies suggest we need six to eight hours of shut-eye each night. Unfortunately, only about 30% of us are getting it. That means 70 million Americans suffer from lack of sleep or some form of sleep deprivation.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lack of sleep is a Certified Health Epidemic.

Sleep deprivation takes an enormous toll on our bodies, including bloodshot eyes, increased blood pressure and a fuller waistline. But what’s equally alarming is the negative impact of sleep deprivation on the brain.

The above infographic is taken from MIC and it explains what happens to your brain, and what it means for you, when you don’t get enough sleep.