How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

January 7, 2018 L Brown No comments exist

Let’s face it, most of us do not get enough sleep. Most people only get five or six hours of sleep and the sad thing is many people brag about it. But not getting enough sleep can have some major consequences on our health and life. According to WebMD  here are 10 effects of the lack of sleep.

  1. 1.Sleepiness causes accidents.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that lack of sleep is the cause of 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S. The problem is greatest among people under 25 years old.
  2. 2. Lack of sleep kills your sex drive.  Sleep deprived women and men report lower libidos and loss of interest in sex.
  3. Sleep loss affects your thinking.  Sleep deprivation affects your thinking and learning. It impairs attention, alertness, concentration, problem solving and reasoning.
  4. Sleep deprivation can cause serious health problems.  Heart disease, heart failure, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and irregular heartbeat can all be attributed to lack of sleep.
  5. Sleepiness is depressing. Over time lack of sleep can cause symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  6. Lack of sleep ages your skin.  Chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes
  7. Sleep loss makes you forgetful.  Lack of sleep attributes to forgetfulness and memory loss.
  8. Not enough sleep can make you gain weight.
  9. Lack of sleep increases the risk of death. Lack of sleep doubles your chance of cardiovascular disease.
  10. Sleep loss impairs judgement.  Sleep-deprived people seem to be especially prone to poor judgment.

In my next blog I will discuss just how much sleep we need, Make getting more sleep a New Year’s resolution. You might be surprised just how much better you feel. If you want to read the entire article click on the link below.

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