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Sleep is important because it provides rest for the body and mind. The body regenerates and repairs itself during sleep.
What are the consequences of poor sleep?
If you think that poor sleep only results in feeling fatigued, then think again. Poor sleep takes its toll on your work, your relationships and everything else in your life. Why? Because being short of sleep doesn’t give the body enough time to repair and regenerate –which may affect your health in numerous ways, including:
Increased risk of: stress, anxiety, depression, memory issues, obesity, diabetes and heart attack
It can also lead to decreased judgement. Studies have shown that only getting five hours of sleep is the same as driving when you are drunk.
After reading/listening to all of these health problems your probably thinking you should go to sleep, and you’re right. But very few of us actually do…
Very few of us actually sleeping enough:
Did you know that most of us are getting, on average, 1.5 hours less sleep per night than we did in the past? This means that many of us fit the official medical definition of chronic insomnia – which is where you have trouble falling asleep, staying awake and/or waking up too early. The problem has become so common that sleep experts have hailed it the global fatigue crisis or GFC.
And whilst an hour or so less sleep may not sound like a lot, by the end of the week it can easily equate to more than a full night’s less sleep.
How much sleep do we need?
The best way to determine how much sleep you need is to simply listen to your body. On average, adults need seven to nine hours of quality sleep per night, however this is dependent upon what stage of life you are at. While getting enough sleep is important, what is even more important is that you get quality sleep. It’s no good sleeping eight hours if you keep waking up every hour.
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