There’s no question that sleep plays a significant role in physical and mental health. When you’re chronically sleep-deprived, you run not only the risk of being exhausted and irritated all the time but also the long-term health consequences that come with not getting enough sleep. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, obesity, and depression are all health consequences linked to lack of sleep.
When we sleep, it allows the brain to recharge, much like a phone battery after prolonged use. Keeping a consistent sleep-wake cycle naturally resets the body and optimizes brain function. When we have irregular sleep patterns, we tend to experience “brain fog.” That lack of mental clarity and inability to focus usually goes away once we’ve gotten a good night’s sleep. Still, for people with chronic sleep issues, it can lead to severe mental health issues.