In reality, there are only a few things in life humans need despite the long list of wants we may actually have on our own. The need for food, water, shelter, and human companionship may be one of the first few ones that pop on our mind first because they are basically non-negotiable essentials in our lives. Then, there are those desires we have that are merely just whims and fancies we don’t necessarily need but something we may want so badly. And then there is sleep – the one thing that keeps us going despite the ups and downs of life.
Sleep isn’t just something we need in order to recharge our tired bodies but is a restorative process that does a lot of things that we are not always aware of. At the end of the day, your body will be screaming for sleep no matter how strong and healthy you are. It is as natural as breathing. Yet today, many people are willingly giving up their sleep just for a few more hours, minutes or seconds with their smart gadgets. Bedtime is pushed even further so that modern people can stay connected to their online friends and updated on their virtual reality. But many of us fail to realize that we unconsciously neglect our health in the guise of having a good time.
The National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) latest Sleep Health Index (SHI) finds significant associations