Why is it important to get sufficient sleep?

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Christopher E. Morgan, MD
Sleep Medicine
It is important to get sufficient sleep because sleep repairs and reorganizes the body’s neural circuitry. It promotes the removal of neural waste and toxins, consolidates memories and learning, rebuilds proteins and replenishes energy supplies.

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Your body needs time to rest and regenerate, and getting enough ZZZZs will give you more energy and make your waking hours more productive and enjoyable. Sleeping just two hours less than normal impairs your judgment and reaction time to the same extent as a blood alcohol level of 0.12. This level is 50 percent higher than the level at which most states say drivers are inebriated. And you need your sleep to prevent aging of your immune system. So, enjoy a full night's sleep every night. It can make your RealAge (physiologic age) at least three years younger.
William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
Science has confirmed that sleep deprivation is bad for your health. The most remarkable studies show that the less people sleep, the more likely they are to become obese, which predisposes them to development of metabolic syndrome. Sleep deprivation may also increase levels of stress hormones, raise blood pressure, contribute to allostatic load (bad stress), and increase levels of chemical transmitters responsible for increasing inflammation.
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If you don't get sleep, you'll crave other things like carbohydrates. Sleep will also generate growth hormone. That's that vitality hormone that makes us nice and bouncy and youthful and vigorous and makes us stay beautiful. The best way of getting growth hormone is to sleep the seven hours we speak of.

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