So, we probably all had some idea that sleep was important. After all, we do it every night. But did you know that a lack of sleep can be seriously detrimental to your physical and mental health?

Recent research around sleep in the West shows that we are currently facing a sleep loss epidemic, with many adults getting less than the recommended 8 hours a night. The thing is, this research also shows that getting 6 or 7 hours a night has serious health consequences, including a reduced immune system and an increased risk of heart attacks, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. It’s scary stuff, so why aren’t we getting enough shut eye?

The world we live in is constantly switched on. From the moment you pick up your phone in the morning to the even when you just check that last Instagram story at night, we are online most of the time. Experts suggest that we should be putting our phones away an hour before bed to allow for the best sleep.

But what if we have little control about when we go to bed? Commitments to work, friends, and partners can really screw up our sleep patterns. If you stay late at work then meet a friend for a drink, it’s really easy to end up tucking in a little later than intended. But when you make the plans, bear these incredible benefits of a good night’s sleep in mind:

  • Your memory is enhanced
  • You look more attractive
  • You stay slim and have fewer food cravings
  • You become more creative
  • It lowers your risk of heart disease and strokes
  • You feel less anxious and are less likely to become depressed

It’s worth taking back control over your sleep. If you’re getting a good night’s sleep every night, you’re more able to take on the world. Your friends and family should respect that (and hopefully learn from your new habits too).