Dr. Erik St. Louis

Co-Director of the Mayo Center for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, says,

“Emphasizing this year’s theme of “Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging”, for most adults, getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep tonight might be the most important thing you can do to improve your future physical and mental health. Children need even more sleep for optimal learning and play. Recent research has shown the importance of adequate amounts of sleep for brain health, since during sleep, the brain washes away toxins that can potentially damage the aging brain that accumulate during the day while we’re awake. Sleep also keeps the brain’s wiring and connections healthy and working at their best, especially when learning and remembering new things from earlier in the day.”