by Siman Grewal
I have always been told to go to bed on time. When I was younger it was eight o’clock and as I got older this time increased to ten o’clock. For some reason we remember being told to get at least eight to ten hours of sleep, but is this really true? Well, it is. For us teenagers anyway. Now I’m not saying that this is a bad thing since who doesn’t love sleep, but instead the point is to understand why we need this much sleep.
When our body goes to sleep we think that our body is “shutting off”, but this is not the case. Rather, our body is actually going through a lot of important processes that help our body run smoothly. For one thing, our mind is looking through whatever we noticed and thought of that day and logging it as a memory. These short term memories are being transferred into long term memories during a process called “consolidation”. Moreover, sleeping also prepares our minds to learn new information after we wake up. It allows us to be more aware of our surroundings, making us more susceptible to learn more throughout the day. This process of taking in information is called acquisition.
Other than helping with our memories, sleeping gives our bodies the rest it deserves after a long day of work. We work so hard throughout the day and push our bodies to the limit without even thinking twice about what our bodies are being put through. Day time is spent draining our body of its energy so that when we get to night time our body is tired out. Without sleep our body can’t restore this energy so that we’re prepared to deal with the next day.
All in all, sleep is something that our bodies require. If we want our bodies and mind to be healthy then we have to have an adequate amount of sleep so that our body has the ability to function properly.