Why Sleep Matters
According to a study reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 36.1% of adults between the ages of 25 and 35 reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day in the past month and 7.2% reported nodding off while driving. These aren’t the only problems associated with less sleep. A lack of sleep can result in a spectrum of health problems, ranging from psychological to physical. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep is necessary for repairing heart and blood vessels. A lack of it leads to an increase risk of heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure and stroke. It also contributes to an increase risk of obesity. After a full night of sleep, your hormone levels that regulate hunger are balanced, resulting in less cravings and unnecessary calories. Without sufficient sleep you are more likely to consume unneeded calories in an attempt to satisfy cravings that come with out of balance hormones. A lack of sleep can lead to a lead to an inefficient immune system. An inadequate amount of sleep also makes us more prone to catching colds and the flu. So, how much sleep do we need? The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggest adults get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a day. This may be easier said than done for most people. The National Sleep Foundation recommends keeping your room quiet and relaxing at a suitable temperature. Also, keeping “gadgets” out of the bedroom, such as, TV and phones. For more information about sleep hygiene, visit: www. cdc.gov/sleep.