Your Health: Facts about Sleep Deprivation
Most likely, you spend between 50 and 60 hours a week in your bed. Probably, that is more time than you spend at your job!
Your sleeping hours are critically important. They are the foundation of your day!
Sleep well and you awake completely rejuvenated. Ready to conquer your day. But sleep poorly, and you unleash havoc on your day. We are not exaggerating.
Today, research demonstrates that sleep deprivation is dangerous, and it affects over 25% of all Americans.
Inadequate sleep does not allow your body to rest and recharge. The obvious effects of sleep deprivation are fatigue and sluggishness. When you are sleep deprived, you are less productive.
In fact, studies show that if you get a good night of sleep and work less hours, you will accomplish more than if you get a poor night of sleep and work more hours.
This is because sleep deprivation causes a chemical imbalance in your brain, leading to muddled thinking and slower reflexes. No wonder you make more mistakes when you are sleep deprived!
Driving while sleep deprived is worse than driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2007, more than 100,000 accidents were caused due to sleep deprivation, while driving under the influence caused just over 15,000.
Sleep deprivation weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. To make matters worse, it also lengthens the time it takes to recover when you are ill.
Lack of sleep also causes depression and an inability to wisely deal with your emotions. This, in turn, hinders you from good problem-solving and leading a happier life. Think about it. If you are tired and depressed, you just will not enjoy your normal everyday activities.
You could find yourself moody and irritable. You are likely to get angry with loved ones for no good reason. Face it, when you are sleep deprived you are no fun to be around.
You might even think something worse is wrong, when all you really need is to sleep well on a regular basis.
And do not forget, sleeping well is important for your children, too!
We all know that children today are increasingly obese. Well, recent research shows that sleep deprivation may be a contributor to weight gain and the obesity epidemic. This is because lack of sleep disrupts a number of hormonal and metabolic processes. Even a partial deprivation of sleep can lead to increased appetite.
Besides weight gain, recent studies have shown that students in high school and college who sleep well in quantity and quality do much better with their studies and grades.
Sleep solutions for you and your family begin by practicing good sleep habits and purchasing the right mattresses for your whole family!