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  1. Routinely getting the recommended amount of restful sleep has many, many health benefits that include more energy, better mental functioning, better mood, a lower risk of some diseases (e.g. cancer) and a longer life expectancy.
  2. There are many behavioral strategies a person can use to get good sleep that include establishing a regular schedule, avoiding stimulating substances (e.g. caffeine) and activities in the evening, making the bedroom sleep friendly and using relaxation strategies.
  3. When worries or other distressing and unhelpful thoughts interfere with sleep, cognitive strategies can help.
  4. Caffeine can’t reverse the negative impact on your performance from staying up late and failing to get sufficient sleep; you will perform better by getting a good night’s sleep than by pulling an “all nighter”.
  5. Sleeping pills are not a cure for sleep problems and should be used only in specific circumstances and for a short period of time.

Getting enough, good-quality sleep is one of the most important things you can do to enhance and maintain optimal health.     

This section summarizes the most important information you need to know about sleep. For additional information consult the "For Those Who Want to Know More" section below. 

Our society treats sleep as a luxury, an indulgence. It's time to start looking at sleep—and other healthy lifestyle behaviours—differently. Getting the sleep you need is not about being your "best". Rather, sleep allows your body and mind to function at your baseline, your 'normal'. When you are sleep deprived, you go through your day with the burden of exhaustion on your body and mind, and can't accomplish what you could otherwise have.

Check out these resources to learn a lot more about sleep.

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