Importance of Sleep

Did you know that about 60% of people in the world are affected by lack of sleep and sleep disorders? Lots of times this is just because people don’t recognize the importance of sleep. They think it’s a better idea to spend more time working, hanging out with friends, or just wasting time than it is to sleep! If people only understood the importance of sleep, unnecessary sleep deprivation would certainly lessen, and people would be more aggressive in fighting sleep disorders.

The importance of sleep can’t be overrated. It’s literally as important as eating and drinking for your health and overall wellbeing! Getting enough sleep simply makes your body function on an optimal level, and it’s important for the state of your mind and emotions, too. If you’ve ever wondered about just how important sleep is for you, here are some facts that will definitely highlight the importance of sleep for all areas of your life.

  • Several studies, including one published in New York Times Science, show that decision making is seriously impaired even by a little bit of sleepiness – not even complete sleep deprivation. When you’re tired, you’re not able to think clearly or remain alert enough to make wise, correct decisions, which means you’ll be less effective in life in general, but particularly in job related situations.
  • The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that falling asleep at the wheel is responsible for over 100,000 crashes a year! This doesn’t even include crashes that can be chalked up to slowed reaction times and poor decision making due to sleepiness, even if the driver doesn’t actually fall asleep.
  • Sleeplessness and chronic sleepiness can interfere with learning in several ways. The importance of sleep for young children and students cannot be overstated! Without adequate sleep, students fall asleep in class, don’t pay attention because they’re not alert during school, or have trouble committing schoolwork to long-term memory, since much of this happens during sleep.
  • Being awake for just seventeen solid hours decreases mental and physical performance as if you had a blood alcohol level of .05%.
  • The immune system can actually stop functioning as well when you’re lacking in sleep. A lack of sleep will increase the likelihood that you’ll develop minor issues like colds and the flu by tamping down the immune system. Since your body uses sleep to suppress inflammation and other immune responses that can be harmful over time, sleeplessness actually makes you more susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, and a whole host of other problems.
  • Sleeplessness is also linked to weight gain. If you’ve wondered about the importance of sleep and are trying to lose weight, look no further! People who regularly get inadequate sleep (read: less than seven hours a night for most adults) are more likely to have carb cravings in the afternoons and might even have a slowed metabolism that can seriously increase weight gain.

Solving the Problem of Sleeplessness

As you can see, the importance of sleep can’t be overestimated. When I learned about the importance of sleep, I decided I needed to do something about my frequent inability to sleep for more than four or five hours at a time. Luckily, when I was looking at the importance of sleep, I found Sleep Well and Tight.

This is a great book that talks about the importance of sleep and then helps you figure out how to sleep better – naturally. It also goes over medication options, but it gives you a balanced view on natural supplements and medications that can help you sleep better. If you’ve just realized the importance of sleep and know you aren’t getting nearly enough, check out Sleep Well and Tight, where you’ll be able to figure out how to sleep longer and more soundly every night.

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