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Why do we sleep?

Sleeping On bench in Carcross photoSleep isn’t just a time when we aren’t awake. A lot happens during sleep, and you don’t want to miss out on it.

Sleep plays an important role in renewing and repairing our bodies. During sleep, hormones are released which stimulate tissue growth and repairs; regulate our appetite; and boost our immune system so that we are better able to fight off minor infections.

During sleep, new learning and memory gets consolidated. Some of us learned this lesson the hard way by pulling all-nighters to cram for exams, and then forgetting most of what we had learned.

In this short video, Dr. Max Cynader of the Brain Research Centre at UBC describes why sleep is so important to good physical and mental health.  The following video is generously provided by Oh Boy Productions and the Brain Research Centre at UBC.

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