Sleep is an integral part of our wellbeing. Without enough rest, we will not only become sluggish and moody; we’ll also put ourselves at a much greater risk of multiple debilitating conditions.

To emphasise the importance of sleep to both body and mind, we have chosen to republish this nifty infographic created by the Virginia Spine Institute. Covering tips for restorative sleep, as well as risks associated with sub-optimal shuteye, it will certainly get you thinking.

If you’re interested in the topic, you might want to read our article about Professor Matthew Walker’s book, Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams, which came out last year. The professor ardently believes that we're living through a sleep-loss epidemic.

This infographic was created by the Virginia Spine Institute.