What Does Sleep Have to Do With Your Health?

Recent surveys suggest that as many as 47 million adults may be putting themselves at risk for health problems because they aren't getting enough sleep. Although some of the common problems associated with sleep deprivation are things like irritability, the fact is indisputable that sleep deprivation can also affect your physical health as well as your mental health.

Do you often survive on only a few hours of sleep? Is good nights sleep something that can go neglected in lieu of pending responsibilities? Is it really that important, or is it something that you can bypass while trudging on through the motions of another busy day?

Sleep deprivation actually leaves your body more susceptible to illness and disease because it weakens your immune system. It becomes difficult for your body to even fight off the common cold if you haven't gotten enough sleep.

In fact, people who suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia often also suffer from other problems such as diabetes or asthma. It makes sense to examine a link between the two.

Sleep deprivation, as stated before weakens your immune system while causing anxiety and stress. Your body is not functioning at its normal capacity, and this provides stress. The physical strain on your body coupled with the stress can contribute to mental problems such as emotional mood swings, memory loss, and other problems.

The bottom line is this: if you want to be healthy, you owe it to your body to provide yourself with a sufficient amount of sleep. Otherwise, you are not operating on “full steam”. Make getting those hours of sleep as much of a priority as eating the right foods, exercising, and other important health choices. Seven to eight hours of sleep has been labeled as the healthy norm. Although many of our lives are busy, and we may not always be able to take advantage of that large of a time span of sleep, it makes sense to at least aim for it. You owe it to yourself and your health.

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