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The first purpose of sleep is restoration. Every day, your brain accumulates metabolic waste during normal neural activities.
Recent research suggests sleep plays crucial role in cleaning out the brain each night. While these toxins can be flushed out during waking hours, sleep flushes these toxins out twice as fast.
The second purpose of sleep is memory consolidation, the process that maintains and strengthens long term memory. Insufficient or fragmented sleep can hamper your ability to form both concrete memories (facts and figures) and emotional memories.
Finally, sleep is paramount for metabolic health. Studies have shown that when you sleep 5.5 hours per night instead of 8.5 hours per night, a lower proportion of the energy you burn comes from fat, while more comes from carbohydrate and protein. Insufficient sleep can lead to heart disease and diabetes.
Intensity refers to how well you sleep. The percentage of sleeping time you spend in slow wave sleep and REM sleep largely determine the quality of your sleep each night.
Timing refers to when you go to sleep.
Duration is how long you sleep.
Intensity of your sleep is managed automatically by your body. The duration of your sleep is largely dependent on when you get into bed (. And that means getting to bed at an earlier, more consistent time is critical for improving the quality and duration of your sleep.
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