Unless you are secretly a superhero, your body requires sleep. But very often when bedtime comes at the end of a busy day, it’s hard to allow the body and mind to slow down. You check email, you scroll through social media, and you fall down the rabbit hole. Before you know it, it’s midnight, the blue light from your electronics has thrown off your circadian rhythm—the body’s biological clock that regulates the 24-hour cycle of each day—and you can no longer fall asleep properly. According to Ayurveda, the hours between 10 pm and 2 am are governed by the Pitta dosha, which allows you to digest all things from food to information and emotions. Pitta helps to restore and renew all major systems of our body. When you skip sleep during this precious 4-hour window, you miss a vital opportunity to heal. A good night's rest affects how you relate to the world, thus decreasing depression, anxiety, heart rate, and blood pressure to name just few benefits. Proper sleep increases stress resilience, optimism, memory, metabolism, and even our ability to problem solve.