The Importance of Sleep

Gweneth Knight, Contributor

Sleep plays an important role in our lives. Without sleep, it would be hard to function normally. When you sleep, your brain regenerates as well as the rest of your body (The Sleep Foundation). It is an essential part of your life. It is proven that when people do not sleep they have trouble making decisions and learning. When asleep, your brain removes all that gunk that is in your brain while you are awake. (National Institute of Health) Additionally, sleep is proven to slowly help cure mental illnesses as well as help your body metabolize food (Harvard). Lack of sleep can cause certain illnesses such as irregular insulin levels, weight gain, depression, attention deficit disorder, and problems with memory and learning to worsen (Heathline). 


There are many ways you can help yourself to fall asleep or stay asleep, such as a sleep schedule and an alarm clock. This technique helps your brain routinely understand when you should be asleep and awake, which will benefit you in the long run. Also, try avoiding things such as alcohol, naps, caffeine, and big meals. Doing these things close to bedtime can keep your body awake, shaky, or hyper and can also wake you up in the middle of the night (The Sleep Health Foundation). Now, if it is hard for you to just fall asleep in general, try setting the mood for example using a diffuser or sleeping noises such as rain or white noise. Another thing that can help you sleep is cutting down on electronics. Blue light on a phone, computer, or tv screen causes you to wake up (Kids Health).


It might take a while for your body to adjust to a sleep routine or to the things you cut out of your regular schedule that you do before bedtime. But in the end, it will all be worth it and I promise it will benefit you in the future!