If you eat well and exercise regularly, but don’t get at least seven hours of sleep every night, you may be undermining all of your other efforts.
If you’ve ever spent a night tossing and turning, you already know how you’ll feel the next day — tired, cranky, and out of sorts.
Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known.
However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.
Did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health?
An occasional night without sleep makes you feel tired and irritable the next day, but it won't harm your health.
After several sleepless nights, the mental effects become more serious.
The long-term effects of sleep deprivation are real. Science has linked poor slumber with a number of health problems, from weight gain to a weakened immune system.
It's now clear that a solid night's sleep is essential for a long and healthy life.
A variety of factors can cause poor sleep, including health conditions such as sleep apnoea. But in most cases, it's due to bad sleeping habits.
The right amount of sleep can vary from person to person, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that adults get at least 7 hours each night. They also estimate that 1 in 3 adults do not get enough sleep.
As a general rule, if you wake up tired and spend the day longing for a chance to have a nap, it's likely that you're not getting enough sleep.
In this video, you will learn what are the cuses of sleep deprivation and exactly how it affects specific body functions and systems.
0:25 Why lack of sleep is bad for your health
1:00 Harmful health effects of lack of sleep
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