We know what it’s like to feel tired and sleepy due to a lack of enough sleep, sleep disorders, and the cumulative effects of sleep deprivation.
We've all been there – you go to bed at 10 p.m., but then wake up at 3 in the morning because your brain can't stop thinking about work and other things that need to get done. This cycle of poor sleep is relatable and happens more often than you'd think due to factors like your body clock, busy schedules, and more. These often lead to sleep problems, including insufficient quality sleep, impacting both mental health and physical health.
When you’re asleep, you are giving your body and your immune system a break. More importantly, you’re giving your brain a break from the stressors of the day.
Being deprived of quality of sleep can hurt you. Being up all night, a clear sign of less sleep, can cause aches and can significantly impact our brains in a negative way, leading to effects like increased blood pressure, anxiety disorders, and heart disease. Brain scans have identified the neurological basis for the boost in pain sensitivity after the loss of sleep. Sleep expert Michelle Drerup, PsyD, DBSM highlighted, "First and foremost we need to make sleep a priority".