Importance of sleep



Scientifically, human beings should be entitled to 7-8 hours of sleep every day. However, most tend to misuse this privilege through work, partying till late, and factors such as insomnia, depression, and sleep anxiety. Unsurprisingly, 1 in every 3 human beings suffers from or has been faced with one of these challenges.


As discussed below, the benefits of sleep include:

  • Body rejuvenation. Many people are caught up in the hustle and bustle of either work or school. For the human brain to function well the following day, the body needs enough rest as opposed to robots. Through this, one feels satisfied and ready to face the next day.


  • Lowers the risk of chronic health complications such as high blood pressure, arthritis, stroke, and cardiac arrest. The body having a good rest allows for proper blood flow to the respective blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart. The recommended sleep duration by health experts will allow the body to facilitate its operations, lowering the risk of falling prey to chronic illnesses.


  • Lowers anxiety and depression. Generally, sleep shapes our emotions by allowing us to control them when we are in a relaxed state. Think of the uneasiness, restlessness, mood swings, and tantrums that would come about if we do not sleep. It would surely be a hustle that may later heighten anxiety and depression, leading to sleep deprivation.


  • It helps one lose or maintain weight. Sleep deprivation may force one to eat food, snacks, or sugary foods to release the built-up tension that presents itself through stress or insomnia. This might be one of the short-term solutions that one may opt for if he/she is having trouble falling asleep. Subsequently, this leads to weight gain that lures one into undesirable directions in life.



Generally, insomnia, sleep anxiety, and depression are linked to sleep deprivation. This can be lowered or eradicated by maintaining a constant routine of sleeping at night and waking up at the same time in the morning. If this becomes a habit, our body metabolisms will be more productive and easily handle our days.

Laura Joy Atieno


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