It’s while we are sleeping that the body works a lot of it’s maintenance magic. We consolidate learning and recall and we enrich our ability to think logically and to make decisions. The circuitry of our emotional brain recalibrates and our psychological health is supported. The all powerful immune system recovers; our metabolic state adjusts the balance of insulin and circulating glucose and our appetite is regulated. Sleep optimises our cardiovascular system and helps maintain a healthy gut microbiome (the cornerstone to nutritional health). We dream away painful memories and enhance our creativity. In fact scientists now question whether there are any body functions that do not benefit from a good night’s sleep. Recent research considers sleep to be the most vital force for health, well being and vitality: are you getting enough?