How much sleep do we really need?
Sunday, August 20, 2017
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society advises that not having a proper amount of sleep could harm our health as much as poor eating habits or not exercising enough.
Some health problems that can be caused by not having enough sleep are:
- heart disease.
As well, cognitive impairment is also caused by lack of sleep as well as an increased risk of having accidents like car crashes.
How do some of these problems develop? Not having the needed sleep increases the stress hormones levels as well as other hormones like those that regulate hunger. This results in overeating and gaining pounds. Also it is important to note that too much sleeping - 9+ hrs. - is related to obesity as well.
**The recommended amount of sleep is 7 - 8 hrs.**
- Problems start just by cutting this time short for more than an hour.
- More than 30% of adults in North America report that they sleep less than 7 hrs.
- The amount of people that report getting less than 6 hrs. of sleep is on the rise.
**It is wrong to think that as long as you can function, you are getting enough sleep.**
1. Lack of sleep can be just as detrimental to your health as eating unhealthy foods or not getting enough exercise.
2. Without the proper amount of restful sleep, you may still experience many health problems even if you are a balanced eater and lead an active lifestyle.
3. Every adult person needs at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep to function in a productive, stress free and safe manner.
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