We all know how horrible a restless night can be - and how we feel the following day, suffering with things such as low concentration, moodiness and lack of energy. So can you imagine not having any sleep at all?
People need sleep to promote healing, improve mood, reduce stress and improve memory and evidence is growing that not enough sleep can fuel conditions such as diabetes, depression, heart disease and obesity.
A recent campaign announced by Public Health England, has highlighted the importance of sleep further, as they argue those between the ages of 40 and 60 are risking early death by not getting enough sleep.
The longest anybody has gone without sleep is recorded at just over 11 days, 264 hours to precise, when in 1965, Randy Gardner, a 17-year-old high school student set the world-record. Imagine how nice his bed felt after that!
So what would happen if you didn't sleep for a long period of time?
Silentnight's resident sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan says: "It is crucial that people recognise the importance of a good night's sleep; your bedroom is one of the most important factors when it comes to getting a great night's sleep"
Follow Dr Nerina's steps to create a wind down routine that will improve the quality of sleep:
- Read a book or listen to relaxing music - choose fiction over work-related reading materials or self-help book
- Have a bath and use some relaxing essential oils such as lavender to help promote sleepiness
- Switch off tech devices and avoid checking your emails or social media accounts 90 minutes before going to bed - put you phone, laptop and tablets away
For more advice and sleep tips, visit the Silentnight website for Dr Nerina's Sleep Toolkit