There are many things you can do to enhance your well-being: exercise, eat right, and pop vitamins. But one of the best doesn’t require you to actually do anything. It’s sleep.
When you sleep, your body has time to heal and restore itself. Your muscles are repaired and your brain sorts through the things you’ve learned during the day.
Unfortunately, getting a good night's sleep is harder than it sounds for many people. 43 percent of Americans ages 13 to 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep during the week and 60 percent say they have a sleep problem almost every night, according to a 2011 poll by the National Sleep Foundation.
The stresses of daily life may leave you tossing and turning. Other times wanting to work or play longer can keep you from climbing into bed. Physical or mental-health problems also impact the quality and quantity of your time spent in dreamland.
Skimping on sleep once in a while is no big deal. But doing so regularly is a problem. In the short term, this sleep deprivation can affect your mood, energy level, and focus. Over the long term, it can affect your health, performance, and safety.
In the short-term, being sleep deprived can impact the following.
In the long-term, more serious problems can occur. Being sleep deprived can affect the following:
Yes, the consequences of not sleeping enough are huge. But many of the problems that cause sleep deprivation can be treated. Some can even be cured. See your doctor or health professional and ask for information on sleep deprivation or a risk assessment. Once you start sleeping well again, many of the possible health dangers go away.
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