Author and philosopher Ilchi Lee believes that optimal health is an important part of an individual's personal growth. This includes eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of physical exercise, avoiding drugs and alcohol and achieving a healthy sleep pattern.
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center recently underscored the importance of a good night's rest in a study involving more than 10,600 people.
The scientists showed that individuals who get too much or too little sleep experience a reduced quality of life and are more likely to become depressed than people who get between six and eight hours per night.
"People may already expect that their quality of life could be decreased when they do not get enough sleep, but they may not realize that sleeping too much can also have a negative impact," said lead investigator Charles Bae.
Results of this study underscore the importance of giving one's brain a rest from the daily stressors of life. Doing so may not only help to improve physical health, but mental well-being also.