Discover your sleep superpowers: The benefits of a good night’s sleep

Ready to discover your sleep superpowers? Unlock the benefits of a good night’s sleep

An older man running in the park wearing a superhero mask and cape made from a bed sheet, feeling energised thanks to the benefits of good sleep.

April 2nd 2024

In a world where we’re constantly juggling work, family and personal commitments, rest’s often pushed to the back burner. People sacrifice those precious hours of sleep in pursuit of productivity and success.  – sometimes even at the expense of their relationships with others.

In fact, globally an individual’s average amount of sleep per night is just 6.8 hours1.

But what if we told you that by prioritising quality sleep, you could unlock the kind of energy that makes you feel like a superhero?

Good sleep isn’t just about feeling rested; it’s about tapping into your ‘sleep superpowers’ to conquer everyday challenges. Think of it this way: it’s like waking up so refreshed you carry your weekly grocery delivery inside with the strength of a Norse god. All before you’ve had your morning coffee.

Top 3 benefits of getting good sleep

Our 2024 ResMed Sleep Survey shows us that many people want more hours of solid sleep to help them achieve more at work, at home, and at play. The top three benefits of quality sleep, according to those surveyed, are:1

  • Becoming more productive at work (60%)
  • Finding the time and energy levels to exercise (45%)
  • Starting or finishing household projects (43%)

But that’s not all! Put on your metaphorical cape and get ready to discover even more benefits of a good night’s sleep.

Why is it important to have good sleep?

1. Sleep well: Boost energy levels

Some superheroes draw their power from lab accidents and genetic mutations. You don’t need to go to so much trouble! Simply harness your own ‘superpowers’ through the energy-boosting abilities of quality sleep. When you clock in those recommended seven-plus hours of sleep2, it’s believed your body undergoes essential restorative processes, replenishing your energy reserves3. So say goodbye to groggy mornings from lack of sleep and hello to boundless energy for physical activity throughout the day. With your newfound vigour, you could be tackling regular exercise and tasks as if you discovered cheetah-like powers of agility.

2. Sharpen your senses: Increase mental clarity

Ever feel like your brain is operating at half-speed after poor sleep? Studies show lack of sleep can fog your mental faculties and attention span, making it challenging to focus and concentrate – just ask the parents of newborn babies or toddlers4! But fear not! Think of quality sleep like a brain clarity serum, sharpening your cognitive abilities and enhancing your good decision-making skills and reaction times4.

3. Upgrade the quality of your memory recall

Just as special senses can alert superheroes to danger, quality sleep enhances your memory recall ability, helping you retain and retrieve information more efficiently5. During sleep, your brain consolidates memories, reinforcing learning and improving recall5. So, whether you’re studying for an exam or trying to remember where you left your keys, quality sleep can help you to transform into a master of memory, rivalling even the most formidable superheroes.

4. Improve your immune system: Fight off illness

Your immune system is your body’s shield against illness, like a suit of armour that protects a hero from harm. Quality sleep plays a vital role in strengthening your immune defences, ensuring they’re primed and ready to fend off invaders6. Research has shown that sleep deprivation can compromise immune function, leaving you vulnerable to infections like the common cold6. But with consistent, restorative sleep, you’ll bolster your immune system, keeping illnesses at bay and staying fighting fit.

5. Enhance physical health and wellbeing

Every superhero knows that physical health is the cornerstone of their prowess. Quality sleep is the secret weapon in your arsenal, promoting muscle recovery, regulating hormones, and supporting overall physical wellbeing7. Whether you’re conquering mountains or hitting the gym (or simply doing something more relaxing like reading or knitting!), adequate sleep can help supercharge your  endeavours, helping you achieve peak performance and resilience.

So, how can you sleep better at night?

The path to unlocking your sleep superpowers begins with prioritising quality rest. Make good sleep a non-negotiable part of your daily routine and reap the rewards of boundless energy, mental acuity, enhanced memory, robust immunity, and optimal physical health. Embrace your inner superhero and embark on a journey towards a more vibrant, fulfilling life.

Are you ready to don your cape and discover your sleep superpowers? Join the ranks of other sleep-savvy people and unleash the full potential of your abilities. Remember, the power of a good night’s sleep is within your grasp.

Your next steps to good rest

Visit to learn more about the benefits of good sleep. And if you feel like you’re not getting enough rest, take our free sleep assessment. Designed by sleep experts, it could tell you whether you’re at risk of a sleep disorder like sleep apnoea, insomnia, or another sleep issue.

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  1. ResMed online sleep survey of individuals across 17 countries. Survey conducted December 2023-January 2024. n=36,000. Report available at
  3. Scharf MT, Naidoo N, Zimmerman JE, Pack AI. The energy hypothesis of sleep revisited. Prog Neurobiol. 2008;86(3):264-280. doi:10.1016/j.pneurobio.2008.08.003.
  4. Dattilo M, Antunes HK, Medeiros A, et al. Sleep and muscle recovery: endocrinological and molecular basis for a new and promising hypothesis. Med Hypotheses. 2011;77(2):220-222. doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2011.04.017.