Updated: Sep 22, 2020
I touched on the benefits of sleep on my last post about the immune system and the role in plays in keeping us fit and healthy.
So now I am going to put more focus on sleep and why we need it and why we should be getting more.
Let’s face it, we’ve heard for years about getting 8 hours of sleep a night. But how many of us actually get 8 hours? The vast majority of people in the western world don’t get close to it. Most people probably get closer to 6 hours.
So what’s the big deal? So you’re a couple of hours short on your sleep.
How bad can it be?
Honestly, very bad.
It wasn’t until I read more on sleep. Like anything, you need to understand the positives and the negatives.
So let’s look at some of the things that sleep effects. Be warned, there are some serious health issues related to not enough sleep.
Ok, so we know we should be 8 hours (7-9 hours). But what happens if you get 6. Or even less.
As I touched on before, sleep plays a big part in keeping your immune system strong and able to fight off disease and bacteria. So if you want to avoid the cold and flu, it’s important to get your sleep to stay healthy.
But that’s just the beginning. It gets much more serious than that.
People in the 6 hours or less category are twice as likely to get cancer. It is also a big factor on whether you get Alzheimer’s disease or not. Even slight reductions for a week disrupts blood sugar levels so much that you would fall under that category of pre-diabetic.
Ok so this just got a lot more serious than, make sure you get enough sleep so you don’t feel half asleep at work in the morning and you don’t get the cold. There’s serious issues involved with not enough sleep.
But wait, there’s more.
Insufficient sleep increase the likelihood of your arteries blocking and becoming weak and brittle. This then leads to a higher chance of heart disease, stroke and heart failure.