We asked that you aim for at least 7 hours of sleep each day, ideally 8 if possible. This includes naps, so if you can't get a consistent 7 hours of sleep you should aim to make up for it by napping during the day. 


1. Sharper Brain 

When you're running low on sleep, you'll probably have trouble holding onto and recalling details. That's because sleep plays a big part in both learning and memory. Without enough sleep, it's tough to focus and take in new information. Your brain also doesn't have enough time to properly store memories so you can pull them up later.

2. Healthier Heart

While you sleep, your blood pressure goes down, giving your heart and blood vessels a bit of a rest. The less sleep you get, the longer your blood pressure stays up during a 24-hour cycle. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, including stroke.

3. Weight Control

When you're well rested, you're less hungry. Being sleep-deprived messes with the hormones in your brain which are leptin and ghrelin. They control your appetite.

With those out of balance, your resistance to the temptation of unhealthy foods goes way down. And when you're tired, you're less likely to want to get up and move your body.