Are You Getting Enough?
According to a recent article on Forbes.com, “more than 40% of adults say that they lie awake at night plagued by the stressful events of the day.” Chances are you’re not getting enough…
Here are my top 5 reasons as to why you need to be getting more… Sleep!
1. Drowsiness Causes Accidents
Sleep deprivation was a factor in some of the biggest disasters in recent history – most notably perhaps the 1986 nuclear meltdown disaster at Chernobyl. Drowsiness can slow reaction time as much as driving drunk. Studies show that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and injuries on the job. Workers who complained about excessive daytime sleepiness had significantly more work accidents, particularly repeated work accidents. They also had more sick days per accident.
2. Sleep Loss Numbs Your Cognitive Processes
Sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep has been shown to impair attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving, which makes it more difficult to learn efficiently.
Lack of sleep can also affect our interpretation of events. This reduces our ability to make sound judgments because we may not assess situations accurately, or act on them wisely. Various sleep cycles also play a role in “consolidating” memories in the mind. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll struggle to remember what you learned and experienced during the day.
3. Losing Sleep Can Make You Gain Weight
Lack of sleep seems to be related to an increase in hunger and appetite, and has also been linked to obesity. According to a recent study, people who sleep less than six hours a day were almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours. Not only does sleep loss appear to stimulate your appetite, but it also stimulates cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods – clearly not beneficial to your health or vitality!
4. Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Serious Health Problems
Sleep disorders increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and Diabetes. A lack of sleep encourages your body to release more cortisol – the stress hormone, and also causes a reduction in the release of the growth hormone. The growth hormone is released during deep sleep, and helps to increase muscle mass, to thicken skin, and to strengthen bones. Sleep expert Phil Gehrman, PhD. says that this growth hormone “…seems to be part of normal tissue repair – repairing the wear and tear of the day.”
5. Lack of Sleep May Increase Risk of Death
In the “Whitehall II Study,” published in 2007, British researchers looked at how sleep patterns affected the mortality of more than 10,000 British civil servants over two decades. Those who had cut their sleep from seven to five hours or fewer a night nearly doubled their risk of death from all causes. In particular, lack of sleep doubled the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Do yourself a favour – GET MORE SLEEP! Look after your body – if you don’t, where else are you going to live?