Getting enough sleep is vital for the body’s functions. The recommended number of hours for sleep for adults is seven to eight hours. Many Americans deal with the lack of sleep or lack of restorative sleep.
There are many explanations as to why getting enough sleep is important. Here are a few surprising reasons people might not have thought about.
Lower Risk of Injury: Becoming sleep deprived causes a lingering sleepiness or drowsiness which increases someone’s risk of having accidents. The Institute of Medicine states that one out of every five car accidents are due to a lack of sleep.
Less Pain: Chronic pain and acute pain from illness/injury is difficult to deal with on a daily bases. Getting enough sleep can help lessen the everyday pain associated with illness and injuries. Studies have found a link between getting enough sleep to a lower threshold for pain.
Improved Sex Life: A poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that 26 percent of the people polled said their sex life suffered because they are too tired. Impaired or lack of sleep has also been linked to lower testosterone levels in men.
Improved Overall Health: Insufficient sleep can exacerbate many health conditions such as heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes and obesity. Increasing the number of restful sleep hours can also improve mental functions such as the ability to concentrate and focus.
Getting enough sleep can improve people’s lives in many ways. Just getting enough sleep isn’t enough, it’s the deep REM sleep (restorative sleep) that is needed. If you’ve tried many tips on improving your sleep without success, contact your doctor.
Medical information above is for informational purposes. It is not intended to take the place of medical advice from medical professionals.
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