World Sleep Day
There is a reason why World Sleep Day is observed every year. It is to spread awareness of the importance adequate sleep has on our health and our overall well-being. Sleep is a behaviour that is foundational to one’s physical, mental, and social health.
How much sleep do you need?
According to a report by the National Sleep Foundation, people in different age groups should aim for a particular amount of sleep every night for a healthy sleep schedule.
The foundation based its report on two years of research and breaks it down into nine age-specific categories, with a slight range that allows for individual preferences:
Doctors have also found that genetic, behavioural and environmental factors help determine how much sleep you need for your best health and daily performance.
But a minimum of seven hours of sleep is a step in the right direction to improve your health.
What happens when you don’t get enough sleep?
Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on your health. Some short-term problems include:
If you continue operating without enough sleep, you may see more long-term and serious health problems. Some of the most serious potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Other potential problems include obesity, depression, reduced immune system function
Chronic sleep deprivation can also- affect your appearance. Over time, it can lead to premature wrinkling and dark circles under your eyes. There’s also a link between lack of sleep and an increase in the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. Cortisol can break down collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth. In other words, a lack of sleep could mean more wrinkles!