Why is sleep important?



Sleep Directly Affects Our Mood

Good sleep is pretty much a mental health superpower.

When you get enough sleep it’s easier to manage your emotions: you have more patience and you deal with stressful situations better.

Also, you reduce your risk of experiencing mental health issues in the future!

Yet, we all know it can be real hard to get to sleep at night. Whether you are just ‘not tired’, sitting up watching netflix or sitting on Instagram and
Snapchat all night; we all face difficulty sleeping sometimes.
It’s because our sleep can be affected by many things – from the food you eat, to feeling worried or anxious, using our phone before bed and sometimes we just struggle with too much energy.
So…how much sleep is enough?
If you’re aged between 12–17 then 8 to 10 hours sleep is ideal, while 18–25 year olds should try to get 7 to 9 hours.
Keep in mind that different people need slightly different amounts of sleep.

Here’s how those zzz’s can improve your welbeing:

  • they give you more energy
  • they improve your memory, attention and concentration
  • they make you less likely to crave unhealthy snacks
  • they help you better deal with stressful situations.

For more information on the importance of sleep check out the headspace website

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