How does less sleep will affect your health?
Sleep is a vital part to maintain energy and enthusiasm in daily work and health. If you’re one of the 37 percent of people who sleep fewer than 7 hours per night or if the quality of your sleep is poor then you might be sleep-deprived. While some people need less sleep than others, studies show getting less sleep than you need may negatively affect your health.
Being sleep deprived may lead to:-
Depression is main reason for sleep deprivation. For example, you may have a poor mood, irritability, low energy, decreased libido and poor judgment. The good news is that it often disappear when normal sleep is restored.
2. Decreased quality of life:-
You may cut back on activities you enjoy because you don't have enough energy for them. Falling asleep at unusual timings may be embarrassing in public.
3. Increased appetite:-
It shows that people who consume regulate appetite are affected by a lack of sleep. This effect of increased appetite could lead to overeating. Over time may contribute to obesity, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
4. Decreased immune function and greater risk for illness:-
Some animal and human studies have shown that lack of sleep appears to lower white blood cell count, which is an indication of decreased immune function. This means you may be possible to illnesses when you are sleep deprived.
5. Increased risk of heart attack and stroke:-
Sleepless nights may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. This shows people who sleep less have higher blood pressure and more atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries). The increased risk may also be related to micro sleep that causes poor-quality sleep and stresses your cardiovascular system.
6. Increased risk of accidents and death:-
Peoples who don’t get enough good quality sleep have an increased risk of death. This may be due to decreased and increased risk of accidents and death particularly car accidents. It may also be related to the fact that being sleep-deprived contributes to serious cardiovascular risk factors, which increase your risk of death.
Tips to improve sleep deprivation:-
- Get to bed and wake up at consistent times.
- Treat your bedroom as a sanctuary only used for sleep.
- Make sure the temperature of the bedroom is comfortable enough to promote sleep.
- Darken the room with black-out curtains.
- Turn off electronics.
- Exercise daily.
- Avoid caffeine.
- Limit alcohol.
- Avoid smoking.
- If you are having trouble sleeping, get up out of bed.
- Listen to relaxing music.
- Take a warm bath