Lack of sleep impacts health and wellness, and pay a price with our ability to learn, our healthy, and our quality of life.
- Our bodies regulate sleep in the same way as it regulates eating, drinking and breathing. Making it critical to our health and well-being.
- Example: Hunger- is a protection mechanism that ensures we consume enough nutrients our bodies need to function properly.
- Sleep- Sleepiness ensures that we obtain the sleep and rest we need to help our bodies and minds function properly
- However, many individuals overlook the potential long-term health consequences of insufficient sleep. Following are some negative consequences that proceed lack of sleep:
|Conditions that can be affected by lack of sleep|
- Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
- Immune Function
- The Common Cold
- Nervous system
- Mental Health
|A recent study concluded that these conditions can be pronounced by reducing sleep by just two to three hours a night (1)
- Most experts agree that getting enough good quality sleep is important to health and well-being just like nutrition and exercise.
- Therefore, sleeping the recommended 7-8 hours a night helps ward off disease and health problems.
- Increasing the quality of sleep serves to “restore” what is lost in the body while we are awake.
- Start tracking your how many hours of actual sleep you get a night.
- Track your activities you engage in before bed.
- Monitor your appetite, mood, and mental clarity throughout the day.
(1) Source: Harvard Medical School. 2008. Sleep and Health. http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/