The importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be underestimated and impacts every aspect of our existence, including increasing our chances of serious physical and mental health issues. Failing to gain enough sleep also decreases our ability to perform at our best at work, or in physical tasks required of us, and can impact both professional and personal relationships. Anyone who’s ever suffered a bad night’s sleep understands how awful it can leave you feeling, but none of us understands the magnitude our repeated lack of sleep is causing us. This year's resolution is Sleep Better. Live Better - It's Time2sleep.
Enough isn’t enough
There has become a belief that six hours' sleep is enough for us to function each day, but sleep expert Matthew Walker argues that anything less than eight hours a night is too little sleep, so this year we try sleeping more than that.
Every night counts
Even one night of four or five hours' sleep (that’s three to four less than recommended) can cause the cells within our bodies responsible for attacking cancer cells to drop by 70%. The dramatic consequences of just one night’s lack of sleep are not to be underestimated. So say goodbye to the late night T.V. and for try going to bed earlier.
Set a routine
Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is key to setting a sleep routine that will give your body and mind the rest it needs each day.
The statistics are staggering
One report demonstrates that adults aged 45 and over who had less than six hours sleep per night were 200% more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke during their lifetime than their peers to had seven to eight hours' sleep each night.
Some of the many physical health problems that can arise from a lack of sleep include increased blood pressure, which can lead to increased chances of heart disease or a stroke.
Wellness is impacted
It’s not just physical problems that can arise through lack of sleep. As we all know, tiredness can significantly impact your energy levels, including motivation and concentration levels. Your overall wellness and mental health deteriorates every day you don’t sleep for long enough. Sleep also impacts our capacity to cement memories, which improves our level of learning.
On top of anxiety, reduced concentration and exhaustion, lack of sleep can also increase your chances of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.