We were glad to see that one of our favourite titles, Huffington Post, is also a great advocate of a good night's sleep. According to a recent article, sleep is the single most important aspect of your day, which of course we know!
Our body clock is pre-set and 35% of your life is spent sleeping, so why aren't many taking it seriously? Sleep is essential, there isn't any getting away from it; so why do we spend more time choosing our favourite morning latte flavouring than managing our sleep patterns?
Over the years there have been many different theories why we sleep, some suggesting it's a waste of time while others search for the opposite, although there are some strong arguments and each offer valued points; without it for any length of time, it's undeniable that we aren't able to function.
Science proves that our brain continues to be active at night at which time the brain cells shrink allowing the brain fluid to move freely; it's during this period of sleep that the brain has the ability to flush out the waste. This is different during the awakened state as the brain is expanded, restricting the ability to fulfil this role - when sleep is restricted the ability to flush out the waste is limited and the behaviours of sleep deprivation come into effect.
Think of it like a rubbish bin; during the day it continually receives deposits, and, as we sleep, the cleaners return emptying the rubbish allowing space for the following day. Now, if the bin is half full and isn't emptied, there is the possibility that the following day it will overflow and cease to function as it should.
Common symptoms of lack of sleep include: poor memory, increased impulsiveness, lack of creativity, increase in weight, dependency on stimulants and stress.
Are you having trouble getting a good night's sleep? Try our tips from Silentnight's sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, to help you make the most of your day.