The Importance of Sleep
Are you getting enough sleep? Approximately one in three American adults aren’t, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Lack of sleep can have many negative impacts on your body. Without enough hours logged under the covers, the consequences can become more intense.
1. Weight Gain
Lack of sleep can make it much simpler to pack on pounds more quickly. A new study focused on the relationship between sleep and weight gain in more than 21,000 adults over the age of 20. Those who slept less than five hours a night over the three-year study were more likely to gain weight, many eventually becoming obese, versus those who slept seven-to-eight hours nightly.
2. Beauty Sleep
Your appearance can be impacted by a lack of sleep. A recent study examined people between ages 30 and 50, and evaluated the correlation between the condition of their skin and the number of hours they slept per night. Those with little sleep showed more fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and looseness of the skin.
3. Accident Prone
According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), you’re three times more likely to get in a car accident if you’re running on less than six hours of sleep. Those who work long or odd hours, such as shift workers or commercial drivers, should think twice before getting behind the wheel if they’re low on sleep.
In closing, getting enough sleep is a very important part of your health. Though not mentioned above, lack of sleep can also lower your sex drive, weaken your immune system, make you forgetful and increase your risk of cancer and diabetes.
Before binge-watching that new season on Netflix or playing video games until the early morning hours, think about your health. Getting seven-to-eight hours of sleep a night is not only important to feel well rested, it can save your life.