3 Good Reasons to Get More Sleep (+ How to Do It!)

When we get busy, sleep is often among the first things to go, isn’t it? Maybe you’re pulling an all-nighter to finish a project. Or possibly you’re staying up late to watch that Gilmore Girls marathon on Netflix (guilty!). No matter what the reason, it might be time to start prioritizing sleep a bit more.

We sleep for about one third of our lives, and you probably know that you feel pretty wretched when you don’t get enough shuteye. That wretched feeling is only one of the consequences of too little sleep. We tend to see sleep as a luxury, but adequate sleep is actually a critical part of our overall health. Below are some compelling reasons to get more sleep and resources to help you get to sleep and have better quality sleep.

Reasons to Sleep More

1. Do it for your brain.

New research shows that sleep really does restore the brain. While you sleep, your brain cleanses itself of accumulated waste. In the fascinating TED Talk above, Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff explains how closely sleep is tied to brain health.

3 Good Reasons to Get More Sleep

2. Do it for your body.

Sleep deprivation is linked to a slough of health problems from obesity to heart disease to cancer. When we don’t sleep enough, it actually impacts gene activity, which is bad news for our overall health.

3 Good Reasons to Get More Sleep

3. Do it for your mental health.

Sleep deprivation also raises your risk for several mental health issues. Once seen as a symptom, sleep is now getting some attention as a possible contributing factor to issues like bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression, and anxiety.

Getting to Sleep and Getting Better Sleep

Of course, learning that you need more sleep is one thing. Actually getting to sleep and sleeping comfortably is a whole other thing, isn’t it? Here are some resources to help if you are having trouble sleeping.

125 comments

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 years ago

thanks

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Rose Roma
R. R4 years ago

Thank you.

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Ulane V.
Ulane V4 years ago

If I only could sleep more, I hate to wake up after few hours sleep and being tired all the time.

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik4 years ago

Thank you for sharing:)

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Jane H.
Jane H4 years ago

I love to sleep and stay in a warm bed for a while before getting up.

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M. M.
M. M4 years ago

Sleeping too much does not mean sleep quality... and people have different sleep needs... I am a Garfield follower lately!! :-D

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Carole H.
Carole H4 years ago

interesting thank you - I love sleeping and dreaming - there is the end of a poem on life which goes 'and love it was the best of them, and sleep worth all the rest of them' my sentiments entirely....

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Sheila S.
Sheila S4 years ago

Whoops - I stayed up late to read this article!

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Dale O.

It is not healthy to be sleep deprived, but we are all individuals and some people do better with more sleep and others do well with less sleep. The best sleep is a quality sleep and enough sleep.

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