Sleep is as essential as food and water for your body. Getting the recommended amount of sleep contributes to living a healthy lifestyle. Many of us don’t receive the recommended amount of sleep each day. We receive substantially less. We live a busy life and to get everything done on a "things to do" list each day we sacrifice our sleeping hours to do it.
Sleep provides your body with vitality and regeneration for our minds as well as our bodies. These are some reasons why sleep is vital to our mental and physical health;
a) Not enough will make us eat unhealthy. Less of it will generally make your body crave unhealthy foods. We will crave more carbohydrates and will generally increase our caffeine intake.
Sleep apnea has a contributing factor of a high protein and cholesterol diet that also includes excessive amounts of fat and saturated fat.
b) Less contributes to obesity. A study was conducted that revealed that people who received less than 7 hours each night were fattier overall than their counterparts that received 8 hours or more of sleep.
A reduced amount will make our hunger hormones increase. Reduced amounts decrease leptin. Leptin is a hormone responsible for keeping our appetites in check or regular as well as accelerating the metabolic process in our bodies. The amount of gain ghrelin in our bodies increases with less than normal amounts of sleep. Gain ghrelin is responsible for making our bodies feel hungry.
c) A study in 2003 revealed that people who received 5 hours or less each night were more susceptible to heart attacks. High blood pressure was also more probable for patients receiving less than 5 hours each night.
d) Patients receiving less than normal were also more prone to depression. Sleep is a mechanism to relax our emotions and thoughts. Less makes patients more inclined to have headaches. There appears to be a link to ADHD and other mental health issues. Many of the studies made it difficult to decide which came first? Not as much sleep or mental health issues?
e) Less makes your body disoriented. You are more prone to accidents and episodes of decreased coördination and disorientation. Car accidents are seen with patients receiving not enough and falling asleep while they drive.
f) People that continually or habitually receive less than recommended over a several years to live less than patients that receive normal amounts .
Sleep is something that has been the focus of many studies over decades and certainly will continue to be an emphasis of more to come. The more we understand and know about sleep the less we understand and know about sleep.
Getting the right amount for some people means receiving 7 hours a night while others will need 6 and some will need 8 hours to act at their full capacity mentally and physically. Receive the recommended amount of sleep each night to make certain you live a healthy lifestyle.