Must Read - Facts about Sleep Deprivation
- Most likely, you spend between 50 and 60 hours a week in your bed. Probably, that's more time than you spend at your job!
- Your sleeping hours are critically important. They are the foundation of your day!
- Sleep well and you awake completely rejuvenated. Ready to conquer your day. But sleep poorly, and you unleash havoc on your day ... and your life! We're not exaggerating.
- Today, research demonstrates that sleep deprivation is dangerous, and it affects over 25% of all Americans.
- Inadequate sleep does not allow your body to repair and restore your physical and mental capacities.
- The repair and restoration theory holds that NREM (non rapid eye movement) sleep is key to restoring body functions, while deeper REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is key to restoring mental functions. Research has found that while sleeping, your body increases its rate of cell division and protein synthesis, strongly suggesting that repair and restoration does happen while you sleep.
- The obvious effects of sleep deprivation are fatigue and sluggishness. When you are sleep deprived, you are less productive.
- In fact, studies show that if you get a good night's sleep and work less hours, you will accomplish more than if you get a poor night's sleep and work more hours.
- This is because sleep deprivation causes a chemical imbalance in your brain, leading to muddled thinking and slower reflexes. No wonder you make more mistakes when you're sleep deprived!
- The Information Consolidation Theory of Sleep helps to explain the role that sleep plays with respect to cognitive abilities. This theory is based on cognitive research and suggests that when you sleep it helps to process information you have acquired during the day. Sleep deprivation studies showed that subjects, who had been sleep-deprived, were unable to recall and remember information.
- Sleep also helps your brain to prepare for the day ahead. Some research indicates that sleep helps to solidify information learned during the day, helping it to go into long-term memory.
- Driving while sleep deprived is worse than driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2007, more than100,000 accidents were caused due to sleep deprivation, while driving under the influence caused just over 15,000.
- Sleep deprivation weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. To make matters worse, it also lengthens the time it takes to recover when you are ill.
- Lack of sleep also causes depression and an inability to wisely deal with your emotions. This, in turn, hinders you from good problem-solving and leading a happier life. Think about it ... if you're tired and depressed, you just won't enjoy your normal everyday activities.
- You could find yourself moody and irritable. You are likely to get angry with loved ones for no good reason. Face it, when you're sleep deprived, you're no fun to be around.
- You might even think something worse is wrong, when all you really need is to sleep well on a regular basis.
- And don't forget, a good night's sleep is important for your children, too!
We all know that children today are increasingly obese. Well, recent research shows that sleep deprivation may be a contributor to weight gain and the obesity epidemic. This is because lack of sleep disrupts a number of hormonal and metabolic processes. Even a partial deprivation of sleep can lead to increased appetite.
Besides weight gain, recent studies have shown that students in high school and college who sleep well in quantity and quality do much better with their studies and grades.
You and your family's sleep solutions should begin by practicing good sleep habits (see below) and purchasing the right mattresses for your whole family!