How Important Is Sleep?

 

Sleep is often not taken too seriously by many people. Even half the people who know they have a real sleeping disorder like sleep apnea, still refuse to help themselves. Sleeping is not something that only determines whether you are tired or alert. Sleep can save your life. That is how important it is. Sleep is needed so everything in your body and mind can work correctly.

Sleep

If you can sleep well be thankful that you can. Many people in the U.S suffer from insomnia. To them sleep is a luxury while to others it is something taken for granted or abused. So just how important is sleep? Let us go over the long term effects of not getting the proper sleep.

The Brain

The first signs you may be aware of when getting less than 6 hours of sleep is you feel tired, forgetful, irritable, and just not on the top of your game. Yet, in long term, it shows to everyone around you like bad job performance, mood swings, depression, and you turn into that person that no one really likes to be around. The bottom line is brain function is critical. Without proper sleep, the brain can’t regenerate properly.

The Heart

This statistic is overwhelming, a study found that getting less than 6 hours of sleep on a continuous basis makes you more likely to die of heart disease as well as developing a stroke. If you are over 65, you are at higher risk to have high blood pressure which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Weight

Many people are more concerned with their weight than their sleep. The good news is that lack of sleep does increase your chances of obesity. The bad news is if you do not believe sleep is all that important but your weight is then you are not helping your weight problem by not getting the proper sleep.

The reasoning for weight gain is the longer you are awake the hungrier you will become. Your body needs energy to keep going.

Life Length

Those that sleep 7-9 hours live longer than those who sleep shorter or even longer. You are more likely to die over a 25 year period if you are not getting enough or too much sleep.

Immune System

Another interesting correlation is when you are sleep deprived your immune system is weaker. You are more likely to get sick if you do not get enough sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, there are many natural tips you can try. If you are someone who doesn’t take sleep seriously you may want to reconsider.