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Posted on 04-03-2018
How Important is Sleep? Article of the week April 2 to 6, 2018
In past articles of the week I have written about the importance of getting an adequate amount of sleep. I know people who believe they can get by on 5 or 6 hours of sleep per night as a routine with consequences to their health. If you are one of those people who often go on less than 8 hours of sleep per night, it is likely affecting your health adversely, even if you cannot necessarily feel it.
Here is what the research says about sleep deprivation: One study showed that “excessive daytime sleepiness” increased the risk of type II diabetes by 56 percent. Another study found that sleep deprivation increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Multiple studies have found associations between lack of adequate sleep and obesity. Other studies have found your immune system recognizes germs faster and mounts a more effective immune response if you are well rested (meaning you are less likely to get sick). Sleep deprivation also puts you at a higher risk of cancer. One study found that tumours grow 2-3 times faster in laboratory animals who are deprived of sleep.
Other studies have found lack of sleep increases your risk of high blood pressure and heart attack. Specifically, they found a 24 percent increase in heart attacks in the spring when we lose one hour of sleep, and a 21 percent decrease in heart attacks in the fall when we gain the hour back. I could go on. Also related to sleep deprivation are osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, stomach ulcers, impaired sexual function, depression, premature aging and more. One particular study found that you have a 300% greater risk of dying from any cause if you deal with chronic insomnia!
There is no question that adequate sleep is critical. School-aged children (6-13) should aim to get 9-11 hours per night. Teenagers should aim to get 8-10 hours, and adults should strive for 7-9 hours per night.
Some important suggestions if you are struggling with falling or staying asleep are as follows:
Hopefully these suggestions will improve the quality and quantity of your sleep, and improve your health and well-being in the process.
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