Like children I sometimes resist going to bed on time, wanting to stay up and watch TV late at night. So I have to remind myself of the importance of sleep for me. Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information.

Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. There is no set amount of sleep that is appropriate for everyone; some people need more sleep than others. To help get into a good sleep pattern it is important to have a regular time for going to bed. Simple ways of improving your sleep include adjusting the light, noise and temperature in your room. I find my sleep is disturbed when I eat or drink too late at night. Exercise is good, and can enhance a good night sleep.

A good way to measure if you have had enough sleep is if you wake up in the morning and feel refreshed, then you know you have had a good night sleep. For me when I stay up late I wake up in the morning feeling like a bear with no energy, that makes the day an uphill struggle, and reduces my resilience.

I remind myself of the old quote by Benjamin Franklin:

“Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”


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