The Importance of Sleep

When we are young we could less about sleep. We want to stay up as late as possible and never take naps so we don’t miss out on anything. But as we grow up, we get a whole new appreciation for sleep. Once you reach adult hood, you finally realize why sleep is so valuable. Life is hard. It consists of long days full of work, school, kids, housework. It makes it hard to always get a full nights sleep. An adult should get on average 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Most people don’t come close to this number. There’s nothing worse than being tired when you have a full day ahead of you. You can drink five cups of coffee or two Red Bulls and you will still feel exhausted and cranky.

Sleep deprivation takes a toll on your mind, body, and overall health in many ways. Research shows that chronic lack of sleep can cause sickness like colds and the flu. Not getting enough sleep can be harmful to your body. The cells in your body repair themselves during sleep and your body is working on staying healthy.

“Your hormones act differently when you’re asleep, and your immune system as well,” says Lisa Shives, MD, DABSM, founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Chicago. “If your immune system is out of whack, you can’t fight off illness — and I would venture to say that you can’t repair your cells very well, either.”

Sleep deprivation can be very dangerous, not to mention the effect it can have on your state of mind. It is hard to think clearly and make good decisions when your tired. Tiredness can fog up your brain and make it hard to focus on things like work and school work or even driving. Many car accidents are caused from people falling asleep at the wheel or dozing off because they are so tired. Not getting enough sleep can be very serious but there is also such a thing as too much sleep. Sleeping to much can be a sign of depression and may even cause you to be in a worse mood than you would be in if you were tired. Over sleeping can also make you feel drowsy and lazy which is no better than exhausted and cranky. The point is, it is important to get the right amount of sleep to keep your mind and body feeling fresh and happy.

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”

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