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Why sleep is so important

Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health and wellbeing. Find out why and what you can do to improve your sleep.

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Sleep is like food for your brain

Getting enough sleep is important for your physical and mental wellbeing

Sleep lets your mind recharge and process information. It’s the only part of the day that your body gets to rest and repair.

Sleep can help you feel better, think more clearly and concentrate better. It gives you energy to complete tasks and can make you more alert.

Without enough sleep you may have problems with thinking, concentrating, memory, reaction times and mood.

Young adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night to function at their best.

The power of sleep

It may feel like nothing much goes on when you’re asleep, but the mind and body are working hard. This hard work means benefits like:

Improved memory

Sharper attention

Lower stress

Increased energy

Repaired muscles

Improved mood

Improved creativity

Better decision-making

Improved physical health

Stronger immune system

Boost in brain power

Better mental health

How can I get more sleep?

Here are some things that may help you to sleep better:

Turn off devices at least 30 minutes before bed
Enjoy some exercise during the day
Have a regular bedtime and waking up time – and stick with it!
Develop a calming bedtime routine (quiet & soothing activities)
Try not to nap during the day. If you do, keep it under 20 minutes
Create the right sleeping environment (dark, quiet, cool)
Avoid stimulants before bed (sugar, coffee, coke, tea)
Get any worries off your mind by writing them down before going to sleep
Make sleep a priority! Ensure you get at least 7 hours of sleep per night

Sleep actually helps with learning and memory which makes it really important for retaining information for work and study.

Still having trouble sleeping?

You might need some help to work out what's happening

If you’re still having problems getting to sleep, staying asleep, or if you often feel tired during the day, it’s important to talk with a doctor, psychologist or sleep specialist to find out what might be going on.

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This content was last reviewed 15/10/2019
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