The importance of a good night’s sleep

Last Updated on September 20, 2023 by

Why is sleep so important? We look at why getting a good night’s rest is crucial to your well-being.

Sleep is an essential element of our lives, and a good night’s sleep is crucial for our overall health and well-being. While we often take sleep for granted, many research studies over the years have shown that getting enough high-quality sleep can have a profound impact on our physical and mental health. So, why is it essential to prioritise quality sleep in our daily routines? 

Improved overall physical health

One of the most obvious benefits of a good night’s sleep is improved physical health. Sleep is a time when our bodies repair and rejuvenate themselves. When we get enough sleep, we give our bodies the time and resources they need to heal and restore themselves, which can help us stay healthy and avoid illness. Being well-rested also means we are more likely to be active and participate in some form of physical activity, which in turn is beneficial for our long-term health. 

Improved mental wellbeing 

Sleep is essential for our mental health. When we sleep, our brains process and consolidate the information we have learned throughout the day, so getting enough sleep can help us retain information better and improve our cognitive function. It can also help us stay focused and alert throughout the day, which can lead to increased productivity.

Reduced stress

Another significant benefit of a good night’s sleep is reduced stress. When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies produce more stress hormones, which can lead to feelings of anxiety and tension. Getting enough sleep can help us regulate our stress levels and feel more relaxed and calm throughout the day.

Better mood

Sleep can also have a profound impact on our mood. When we don’t get enough sleep, we may feel irritable, moody, or even depressed. Getting enough sleep can help us feel more positive, upbeat, and optimistic, which can improve our overall quality of life.

Improved immune function

Sleep is critical for our immune function. When we sleep, our bodies produce cytokines, which are proteins that help our bodies fight off infections and inflammation. Getting enough sleep can help our immune systems function properly and reduce our risk of getting sick.

Reduced risk of chronic disease

Longer term, getting enough sleep may reduce our risk of developing chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. 

Getting enough high-quality sleep is essential for our physical and mental health. By prioritising sleep and making sure we get enough rest each night, we can improve our overall well-being and lead happier, healthier lives. Next time you’re tempted to stay up late to get some work done, or to scroll through your phone, remember the many benefits of a good night’s sleep and make sleep a priority in your life.

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Our Women's Health Medical Expert

Kathleen Kuntz, MSN/NP

University of Pennsylvania BSN/MSN Nursing 2002 
Australia – AHPRA Registered Nurse with Nurse Practitioner
Specialisation in Obstetrics/Gynaecology/Sexual Health

Kathleen is an experienced Nurse Practitioner with a proven track record of assisting clients in finding relief through alternative plant based medications.

With over 25 years experience in women’s health, Kathleen has extensive experience in looking after female veterans who experience chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD and related insomnia (at unacceptably high rates); women experiencing chronic pain associated with endometriosis or other chronic pelvic pain syndromes; sexual health, vulvovaginal pain, pain with intercourse, and pain related to menopause.

After experiencing the positive effects plant based medicine had on patients in the USA, Kathleen undertook the training/education to become a certified cannabis prescriber. After moving to Canberra from the USA, Kathleen became an authorised prescriber in Australia. 

Kathleen is driven by her passion to help patients on their healthcare journey through alternative medication.