Many people assume that if they don't get adequate sleep, they will just feel tired. They assume the worst side effect of lack of sleep is fatigue. According to research, not getting the recommended amount of sleep each night can actually have serious consequences. Getting the recommended amount of sleep is actually important for your overall health and well-being.
A person that is consistently getting less than 7 hours of sleep each night faces significant health issues including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Decreased Immunity
- Kidney Disease
This is in addition to the commonly reported symptoms of poor sleep which include:
- Poor mood
Unfortunately, a person that doesn't get enough sleep each night is also at risk of being drowsy when driving. Drowsy driving is often compared to drunk driving. It is considered just as dangerous and can lead to an increased risk of a car accident which can result in injury or fatality. It is also reported that on-the-job injuries are higher for those that have not had adequate rest. Again, serious injury or fatality are possible outcomes.
Why does your body need sleep? Your brain needs sleep to form new pathways so you can remember important information, solve problems, and make decisions. Sleep helps your heart and blood vessels preventing cardiovascular issues. Sleep is important in keeping your hormones balanced and influences how your body handles insulin so your blood sugar level is maintained. For children, sleep is necessary for normal growth. Sleep promotes immunity enabling you to fight infections and stay healthy.
If you don't achieve the recommended amount of sleep each night, consider making sleep a priority. Realizing how important it is for your health may help you make the necessary changes so you can achieve an adequate amount of rest. For additional information, contact us.
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