Sleep: the Key to Mental and Physical HealthFor years I have been talking to my readers and clients about the importance of sleep: the key to mental and physical health. During sleep, the brain “reboots” and regenerates itself and forms new memories. Adequate sleep is essential for good concentration and mental focus–qualities that we lose when we become depressed or anxious.

Now there is an excellent talk that you can watch by the British neuroscientist Russell Foster. It recently appeared on the TED talks website. Here is the link.

At the end of this engaging talk, Foster says that disrupted sleep is both a cause and a symptom of mental health disorders. He proposes that one day scientists will know how to directly regulate the areas in the brain that lead to good sleep and thus good mental health.