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In today's world, there are so many demands on our time, pulling us in different directions. It's often tempting to stay up late or to get up early just to get things done. So why is this bad for us?
Sleep gives our body the chance to maintain and repair our basic systems. Muscles, hormones, the brain and nervous system, the digestive tract — they all need a chance to recuperate from a hard day's work. This is why a lack of sleep affects both our mental and physical health. It is associated with increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and system-wide inflammation. Lack of sleep can also affect our immune system, our cognitive abilities (i.e., our mental capacity), and our mood and mental health.
To get maximal restorative sleep, we need to have four to five sleep cycles per night. Each cycle includes a period of deep sleep and rapid eye movement (REM), which can include dreaming. read more