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Sleep is Essential for Health

World Sleep Day

17th March 2023

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Know your Sleep

Just like eating well and exercising, sleep is a behavior that is foundational to one’s physical, mental, and social well-being. Are you putting any thought into your sleep?

Three elements of good quality sleep are:
1. Duration: The length of sleep should be sufficient for the sleeper to be rested
and alert the following day.
2. Continuity: Sleep periods should be seamless without fragmentation.
3. Depth: Sleep should be deep enough to be restorative.

Sleep is essential to health. It is a critical pillar of health, like nutrition and physical activity:

- Sleep helps clear waste from the brain and promote brain health
- Sleep supports brain health, and brain health supports sleep
- Sleep supports immune health, and immune health supports sleep
- Sleep helps the immune system to clear bacteria and viruses 
- Sleep helps to recycle old cells and maintain our bodies and energy levels 
- Sleep health is unevenly distributed across populations and is an important target for improving health equity
- Poor sleep health can have multiple significant impacts on human health

Poor sleep health has been linked to many health consequences to include:

- Obesity, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and cardiovascular mortality
- Lower immune response, creating greater susceptibility to infections
- Certain sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea and rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder that are associated with cognitive impairment, dementia, risk of seizures, and increased risk of stroke
- Reduced reaction times, impaired judgment, and cognitive impairment
- Drowsiness which can impair safe driving even if the driver does not fall asleep

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