Sleep 101

Expert Cited: Matt Walker
Written by
Brian Leddy
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Prioritizing sleep is one of the most important things you can do to take care of your body.

Easier said than done, though, right?

Sleep is not just about feeling rested; sleep plays a crucial role in physical and mental restoration, cognitive function, and overall health. Understanding the science behind sleep can empower you to unlock its full potential and improve your quality of life.

Expert: Matthew Walker

Field of Study: Sleep's impact on human health

Bio: Professor of neuroscience and the go-to expert for all things sleep.

Primary Sources: TheSleepDiplomat

The Science Behind Sleep

Sleep is far from a passive state. It's a dynamic process divided into distinct stages, each with its own physiological and neurological characteristics. These stages, including REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM sleep, cycle throughout the night, orchestrating a symphony of restorative functions.

During non-REM sleep, the body focuses on physical repair, cell regeneration, and energy conservation. Muscle growth and tissue repair occur, while hormones like growth hormone are released to support these processes. In REM sleep, the brain takes center stage, consolidating memories, processing emotions, and facilitating creative thinking.

Why Sleep Matters

The benefits of adequate sleep extend far beyond feeling refreshed. Research has consistently linked sufficient sleep to:

  • Enhanced cognitive function: Improved memory, attention, problem-solving skills, and decision-making abilities.
  • Physical health: Reduced risk of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
  • Emotional well-being: Lower risk of mood disorders like depression and anxiety, improved stress management, and greater emotional resilience.
  • Immune system support: Strengthened immune response and enhanced ability to fight off infections.
  • Athletic performance: Increased energy, faster reaction times, and improved coordination.

How to Get More Sleep

According to sleep expert Matt Walker, prioritizing sleep is a non-negotiable for optimal health. We've summarized some of his top sleep hacks into a short article but overall creating a plan and staying consistent with it is the best approach to unlocking a better night's sleep.

By understanding the science of sleep and implementing these evidence-based strategies, you can prioritize rest and unlock the transformative power of sleep for a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.

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Brian Leddy CEO & Co-Founder, BodyStack (FDN-P)
Certified Functional Diagnostic Practitioner (FDN-P) and owner of Leddy Functional Wellness. Formerly an Adweek Executive and Media Entreprenuer, Brian pivoted his career to focus on inspiring and coaching people from all walks of life to make positive strides in their respective health journeys. Brian is a Co-Founder, and now serves as the CEO of BodyStack.
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