Did you get a good night’s rest last night? We hope so because sleep is one of the fundamental pillars of health – alongside getting proper nutrition and enough exercise every day. Sleep deprivation, or a lack of deep (high quality) slumber at night, can negatively affect your mood, cognitive function and performance during the daytime. It can also put you at greater risk for experiencing long-term health conditions, including but not limited to anxiety, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, mood disorders, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Though snoozing may seem like a mundane activity, it is essential for survival and longevity. Keep reading to learn the basics of sleep – what it is, why it’s important, and how it affects virtually every part of your life.