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...but still awake at 3am? While research increasingly shows that a good night’s slumber is vital for good health, our 24/7 culture means we often don’t prioritise it. Here’s how to sleep yourself healthy

DR VICTORIA REVELL is a chronobiologist based at the University of Surrey, and acts as a sleep expert for Lumie, a light therapy specialist

We’re chronically sleep deprived as a nation. One third of us gets by on just five to six hours sleep a night, according to figures from the Great British Bedtime report. And, now more than ever, we know it’s a pattern that could have a negative impact on our health in the short and long term.

We all feel more refreshed and ready to cope with whatever life throws at us after a good night’s rest. While experts argue about sleep’s exact function, it’s long been recognised as the time when the brain and body repair and regenerate. However, the latest studies indicate that good-quality sleep is even more vital to our overall health and wellbeing than we first thought. Research in 2014, by Surrey University, found too little sleep appears to throw our metabolism out of kilter, while studies also suggest it weakens the immune system. Lack of sleep has been linked to a higher risk of a variety of conditions, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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Discover a #BodyofKnowledge in the October/November edition of healthy magazine, in which we reveal the results of our Body MOT reader survey. In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we also talk to three women about their very different experiences of the disease. Plus, we explore the world's best natural beauty secrets from Australia to South Korea, and take a fresh look at the 'F' word (fat, that is!). As the seasons change, keep your health and happiness on track with the new digital issue of healthy.