By Angelica Gavaldon.

How important is sleep? We all hear about the importance of sleep, but just how much do we really need and how much do we actually benefit from it?

I am one to wake up before anyone else does in my house. With breakfasts to be made, preparing school lunches and snacks, making sure to get my son Noah to school on time, and wanting to get in my work out before I start my day. I am sometimes up at 5 A.M.! But there is no need to feel bad for me; Noah goes to sleep by 7:30 P.M., and so do I. This is why I still feel full of energy the next day!

Here are my top reasons for why you should consider getting to bed earlier and make it a priority to get in at least seven hours of sleep.

You live longer and healthier life

Studies have shown getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night decreases your lifespan. Getting better sleep increases the quality of your life, strengthens your immune system, fights inflammation, reduces blood pressure, keeps your heart healthy and makes you more pleasant to be around.

You maintain a healthier weight

Being sleep-deprived affects your metabolism making it harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise. You often feel tired and less motivated to get in a workout and when you don’t get enough rest, your hormones are also affected which interferes with a healthy metabolism and that increases your appetite. Experts recommend that if you are trying to lose weight to make sure you get adequate sleep.

You feel happier

Getting enough sleep influences a better mood throughout the day and decreases irritability. If you suffer from anxiety, it also helps you to decrease anxious feelings and makes you less likely to fall into a depressive mood, visit In addition to helping stabilize your mood, it can improve your overall mental well-being.

Your memory is improved and you feel more alert

When you’re tired, keeping track of your schedule or belongings including important things like your keys and wallet can become difficult. Being rested can make you more alert, can prevent you from losing things, and even help you stay safe on the road. Getting sufficient rest improves your ability to think more clearly and make better decisions.

The benefits of sufficient sleep cannot be overestimated. Do yourself a favor and make sure you schedule in the time to get your seven hours of rest for a happier and healthier life.