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Do You Get Enough Sleep?

Do You Get Enough Sleep?

Do you get enough sleep? Unless you’re a baby or small child then we’re going to guess no. Staying up that extra hour to watch another episode or your new favorite show on Netflix is doing more damage than you think. Feeling grumpy and not being able to think straight after a late night are actually the least of your worries. Lack of sleep is connected to a whole host of health problems meaning those late nights just aren’t worth it.

Lack Of Sleep As Bad As Smoking?

According to Dr. Charles Czeisler, head of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School America is extremely sleep deprived and it’s time to make a change. With a public awareness campaign, much like the one that brought to light the many dangers of smoking, he hopes people will learn the risks of lack of sleep.

While many of us know lack of sleep isn’t ‘good’ we don’t really know just how ‘bad’ it is. So exactly what are the proven consequences of not getting enough sleep?

  • Increased risk of high blood pressure
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Increased risk of diabetes
  • Increased risk of some forms of cancer
  • Increased risk of metabolic syndrome and obesity
  • Shorter life expectancy
  • Poor mental and physical performance
  • Mental health problems
  • Weaker immune system

With so many awful proven consequences of lack of sleep why do so many of us push ourselves to stay awake those extra few hours at night? It’s simple really, we just don’t know about them. Getting the point across about better sleep is hard because each individual needs a different amount. Always aim for no less than six hours a night and if you feel tired all day listen to your body, you may be someone who needs up to 8 hours.

In our fast paced world, choosing sleep over other, productive activities is really hard but it couldn’t be more important. By understanding the health risks of lack of sleep, listening to your body and putting your health first you should start to see sleep for what it is; a vital part of any healthy lifestyle. If you suffer from one of the many disorders that disrupt your nights sleep then pay a visit to our Sleep Center. Our board-certified sleep disorder specialists can treat the full range of adult sleep disorders.