Although scientists still are trying to find out why people need sleep, research on the sleep of animals show that sleep is necessary for survival. Some experts believe sleep allows the body to repair itself: during sleep many cells show increased production of proteins, the essentials building blocks needed for cell growth and repair from stress and ultraviolet rays. The fact that many biochemicals and physiological processes take place during sleep has led to consensus among researchers that adequate sleep is essential to health and wellness.
A look at the impact of sleep loss on physiological and cognitive functions can also help shed on the purpose of sleep. Some of the functions include memory and attention, complex thoughts, motor response, and emotional control. But sleep loss does far more than make us grumpy and groggy. In the past few years, investigators have found that sleep loss may have harmful consequences for our immune system, as well as contribute to serious illness such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.
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