What is one thing you know you need more of but never give yourself? That’s right, SLEEP!
According to the Center for Disease Control nearly 70 million U.S. adults are suffering from some type of sleep disorder. That means you may very well be sleep deprived and not even know it! What you probably don’t know is how terrible it is for you – and how you are really being affected.
The first thing you need to know about sleep deprivation is that it affects your judgment, especially about sleep deprivation! You think that you’ve adjusted, that you’re used to it, but you aren’t, and its likely to do you real harm.
Chronic lack of sleep can cause:
• Increased blood pressure
• Impaired alertness, problem solving, and memory – basically makes you dumber
• Lower sex drive
• Increased hunger
• DOUBLES your chances of death
If you look closely at that list you can pick out a few things you may not like. Depression + increased hunger = getting fat.
Also, the last bullet point, increases your chances of death, goes hand in hand with the first issue I brought up. Decreasing your sleep from by just 2 hours, 7 to 5 hours per night may not seem like a big jump, you’ve adjusted to it right? No.
What is happening is you are convincing yourself you can function on that amount of sleep and then nearly doubling your risk of death from all causes, according to one study. That doesn’t even include the increased chances of accidents from not being alert.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends at least 7 hours of sleep per night, with no upper limit. Although if you are regularly sleeping more than 9 hours per night and aren’t recovering from sleep deprivation, or illness, you may want to get checked out and make sure you don’t have another underlying condition.
Getting the proper amount of sleep will help you look better, feel better, and function better.
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