Sleep and the Importance to your health
Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. Sleep plays vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. According to the National Institutes of Health (2012), sufficient and quality sleep at the right times can help improve your physical health, mental health and quality of life.
The way you feel while you are awake partly depends on how well and how much you sleep. Whilst you are asleep, your body works to support your physical health and healthy brain function. The negative impacts from sleep deprivation/deficiency can occur instantaneously, or it cause damage over time, for example chronic health issues. Sleep deficiency also affects how well you react, think, learn, work and socialise with others.
The National Sleep Foundation (2002) stated that 67% of Americans experience frequent problems sleeping, 43% say lack of sleep interferes with their daily activities, and between 9-12% of the population are clinically diagnosed with insomnia.
Sleep has a big impact on healthy brain function and emotional well-being. In simple terms, it helps keep your brain working properly. It helps you learn, retain and remember information. It also improves your attention span, decision-making and creativity.
Sleep plays an important role on your physical health. For example, sleep repairs and heals your blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deprivation is linked to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease (National Institute of Health, 2012). Your immune system also relies on sleep.
The recommended sleep duration a night is at least 7-9 hours, according to the Centre of Disease Control.
For more information on the importance of sleep on your health, visit the website:
How to improve your quality of Sleep
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