We’ve managed one full week back at school and many people are back in the work place. It’s understandable if you’re feeling tired as we have all become very lazy, too many late nights and lack of routine. Here are ten reasons why good sleep is important.

😴 Poor sleep is linked to higher body weight – the body craves food when it’s tired to boost energy, not only that, you normally crave the wrong foods. Together with lack of motivation to exercise, weight is gained. Short sleepers consume on average an extra 500 calories a day.

😴 Poor sleep affects hormones that regulate appetite . Those who get adequate sleep tend to eat fewer calories than those who get 6-8 hours of sleep a night.

😴 Good sleep improves concentration, memory function and problem solving skills.

😴 Sleep can maximise athletic performance and improves strength and speed.

😴 People who don’t get adequate sleep are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke.

😴 Lack of sleep affects glucose metabolism and the risk of type 2 diabetes is increased.

😴 Poor sleep patterns is linked to depression and and other mental health disorders.

😴 Sleep improves your immune system and the body’s ability to fight disease and infection. When you’re asleep, your body is taking the time to rest, recover and rebuild. By neglecting your sleep, it can lead to chronic diseases,

😴 Sleep affects emotions and ability to cope in social situations. Lack of sleep can put you in a bad mood which can affect your daily activities.

😴 While you sleep your blood pressure goes down, giving your heart and cardiovascular system a rest. The less sleep you have, the harder your heart has to work.

As an adult, try to get between 6-8 hours of shut eye a night. It’s better to keep your routine the same on week days and weekends.