Sleepless nights: we’ve all been there, right? Whether you’re tossing and turning, or staring wide-eyed at the blackness above, you simply can’t fall asleep.
Or maybe you drop off easily, but two hours later wake with a start — and can’t get back to that state of blissful relaxation — sleep — we all crave and need.
Your mind needs sleep
“Your body needs sleep” is something your mom probably called out to you as you reluctantly trudged up the stairs at night, right? And it’s true; according to the National Sleep Foundation, your body uses sleep for cellular repair and regeneration, as well as certain hormonal activities.
But it’s actually your brain, rather than muscles and digestive system, that most needs sleep. Without sufficient sleep, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says, brain neurons