“Sleep is for the weak,” said no doctor ever. Because the opposite is true. If you want to be fit, healthy and strong — both emotionally and physically — you have to get plenty of shut-eye. The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep per night for adults age between 26 and 64 years. However, more than a third of American adults don’t get as much sleep as they need.
“Multiple studies on health outcomes and sleep have made it clear that good quality sleep on a regular basis improves health and leads to a longer life,” said physician Dr. Kyle Varner.
When you start digging into the research, there’s no aspect of your health and well-being that isn’t affected by your sleep habits. From weight management to mental health to, of course, your work life, here are 13 reasons you really should go to sleep — and expert tips on how to do it.