Getting enough sleep is essential for helping a person maintain optimal health and well-being. When it comes to their health, sleep is as vital as regular exercise and eating a balanced diet. Modern-day living in many countries do not always embrace the necessity for adequate sleep. Yet, it is important that people get enough sleep regularly.
A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for the well-being and health of all people. In fact, it’s just as important as eating healthy and exercising.
Unfortunately, the western environment is interfering with natural sleep patterns.
People are now sleeping less than they did in the past, and sleep quality has decreased as well.
Joe Leech (2018) described ten factors that have a negative impact on the human body if they don’t get enough sleep (at least 7 hours per night).
- Poor sleep affects hormones that regulate appetite. Those who get adequate sleep tend to eat fewer calories than those who don’t.
- This includes higher levels of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates appetite, and reduced levels of leptin, the hormone that suppresses appetite
- Good sleep can maximise problem-solving skills and enhance memory. Poor sleep has been shown to impair brain function.
- Longer sleep has been shown to improve many aspects of athletic and physical performance.
- Sleeping less than 7–8 hours per night is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Sleep deprivation can cause prediabetes in healthy adults in as little as six days. Many studies show a strong link between short sleep duration and type 2 diabetes.
- Poor sleeping patterns are strongly linked to depression, particularly for those with a sleeping disorder
- Getting at least eight hours of sleep can improve your immune function and help fight the common cold.
- Sleep affects your body’s inflammatory responses. Poor sleep is strongly linked to inflammatory bowel diseases and can increase your risk of disease recurrence.
- Sleep deprivation may reduce your social skills and ability to recognise people’s emotional expressions.
Studies show that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and injuries on the job. In one study, workers who complained about excessive daytime sleepiness had significantly more work accidents, particularly repeated work accidents. They also had more sick days per accident. Sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways. First, it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently.