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Zzz...Why you should always put sleep first!

We all know that not getting enough sleep makes us tired and angry, but there are more advantages to getting enough sleep than just having more energy.

Sleep is a major predictor of health and well-being, just like nutrition and physical activity. Sleep is essential for the health and development of an infant, child, or adolescent. Sleep deprivation and untreated sleep problems harm family health and interpersonal connections. Fatigue and sleepiness can limit productivity and raise the risk of mishaps like medical blunders and automobile or industrial accidents.

A sufficient amount of sleep is required to:

  • Defend yourself from illness

  • To avoid diabetes, promote sugar metabolism.

  • Do well in school.

  • Work efficiently while remaining safe.

Sleep time and length have an impact on a variety of endocrine, metabolic, and neurological activities that are important for maintaining one's health. Sleep disorders and chronic shortness of sleep, if left untreated, are linked to an increased risk of:

  • Coronary artery disease

  • Blood pressure that is too high

  • Obesity

  • All-cause mortality in diabetics

It's now clear that a solid night's sleep is essential for long and healthy life.

How much sleep do we need?

To function properly, most of us require roughly 7-8 hours of good-quality sleep per night — but some of us require more, while others require less. What matters is that you figure out how much sleep you require and then attempt to meet that requirement.

As a general rule, if you wake up tired and spend the rest of the day wishing for a nap, you're probably not getting enough sleep.

Poor sleep can be caused by a range of circumstances, including medical illnesses such as sleep apnea. However, in the majority of cases, it is linked to poor sleeping habits.

How might getting a good night's sleep to benefit your health?

1. Sleep improves your immune system

If you tend to catch every cold and virus going around, it's possible that your bedtime is to blame. Sleep deprivation can cause your immune system to malfunction, making you less able to fight off viruses.

2. Sleep improves mental health

Given how a single sleepless night may leave you angry and grumpy the next day, it's no surprise that persistent sleep debt in adults can lead to long-term mood disorders such as clinical depression and generalised anxiety disorder.

When people suffering from anxiety or depression were polled about their sleeping habits, it was discovered that the majority of them slept for less than 6 hours per night.

3. Sleep helps to keep diabetes at bay

According to studies, persons who sleep less than 6 hours every night have a higher risk of acquiring diabetes.

It appears that not getting enough deep sleep might cause type 2 diabetes by altering how the body processes glucose, which it utilises for energy.

4. Sleep can slim you

If you sleep less, you may gain weight! According to studies, those who sleep fewer than 7 hours a day gain more weight and are more likely to become obese than those who sleep 7 hours.

It's thought to be because sleep-deprived persons have lower amounts of leptin (the hormone that makes you feel full) and higher levels of ghrelin (the hormone that makes you hungry) (the hunger-stimulating hormone).

5. Sleep boosts sex desire

According to a study, men and women who don't get enough good sleep lose their libido (sex drive) and have less desire for sex.

Men with sleep apnoea, a condition in which breathing difficulties cause sleep interruptions, have reduced testosterone levels, which can affect libido.

6. Sleep wards off heart disease

Long-term sleep deprivation has been related to an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of specific chemicals connected to inflammation, all of which may place additional strain on your heart.

7. Sleep boosts fertility

One of the impacts of sleep deprivation has been suggested to be difficulty conceiving a child in both men and women. Regular sleep interruptions appear to promote infertility by lowering reproductive hormone release.

How can you make up for missing sleep?

If you're sleep-deprived, the only way to make up for it is to get more sleep. Unfortunately, it is not possible to make it up in one night. Recovery could take several weeks if you've experienced months of poor sleep. Make time for adequate sleep while planning your day, week, or month to maintain strong health.

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