Why do we need to sleep? What happens inside the human body while we sleep? How important is Sleep in our daily activities? Why do we dream and what is the meaning of dreams? These questions often leave us wanting to learn more about. These questions become of paramount importance when in today’s society, we can see the quality and quantity of Sleep worsen.
However, while there is much uncertainty surrounding this particular topic, there is also much certainty. Nowadays, it is believed that reducing the number of sleep hours has consequences over the physical and mental health. Sleeping badly can be associated to an increased risk of hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, depression and other pathologies. On the other hand, lack of sleep is also responsible for work and traffic related accidents.
It is unquestionable that sleep plays an important role in balancing our physical, emotional and social development. So, the creation of this space for awareness, education and sharing of doubts regarding this subject is to be commended. I am sure that the blog “In Search of Lost Sleep” will help us to sleep more, to sleep better and to have sweet dreams.
My blessings to Professor Teresa Paiva,
Doctor Luís Portela, President of Bial Foundation
Lisbon, April 12th 2013