by Colleen Posey

The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep


Life is busy and the days are short. Whether you’re trying to get more work done, studying for school, or socializing; we pack as much as possible into our schedule, which leaves an essential part of our health neglected, sleep.  Sleep plays a vital role in your health, and there are many consequences to insufficient sleep that can take a toll on overall quality of life. The old saying of, “Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep” is an accurate statement. There are many benefits of sleep, some of them being:

  • Healthy Brain Function
    • According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, (NHLBI) “Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember new information.”
  • Emotional Well-Being
    • If you are sleep deprived, you may experience trouble with problem solving and controlling your emotions.
  • Physical Health
    • Ongoing sleep deprivation has been linked to risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, according the NHLBI.
  • Productivity
    • Sleep deprivation can also cause lack of motivation and productivity in your everyday routine.

Now you may be thinking, “How much sleep is enough?” The answer to this varies based on age. For an adult 18 years or older the recommended amount of sleep is 7-8 hours a day.  If you are looking for more detailed information on the appropriate amount of sleep or have been experiencing trouble sleeping, be sure to consult with your doctor or primary care physician.

 

Source:  https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-deprivation-and-deficiency

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