Are you feeling a bit run-down? Maybe slightly irritable? Constantly hungry?
You? Might be tired. You might need more sleep.
According to the CDC, insufficient sleep has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. Adults should be getting a solid seven to nine hours per night, and all too many of us are falling far short of the mark. In fact, up to 80 percent of us are suffering from some type of sleep deprivation.
If you recognize your sleepy self in that mirror, here are five reasons why sleep is so important:
1. Sleep is Your Brain's Janitor
Really. Recent studies indicate that the reason we feel so darn well-rested after a good night's sleep is that during our slumber, our brain is ridding itself of neurotoxins. Out with the bad, in with the good. So if you want to start the day with your brain chemistry as optimized as possible, hit the hay nice and early!
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