Human beings are designed to sleep; it is a natural requirement for human beings to sleep. There is not one single person among billions of us who can function without sleep. So we can easily infer that sleep is very significant. Optimal sleep is one of the very essential requirements for living human beings, alongside food, water and oxygen intake, so we can function at an optimum level. The effects of sleep deprivation are as serious as starvation and dehydration because lacking sleep is a contributor to many diseases.
Studies have linked long-term impact of sleep deprivation to Cancer, Low sperm count, Alzheimer’s disease, High blood pressure, Risk of stroke, Heart disease, Diabetes, Depression, Weight gain.
In fact, during sleep, the body and the subconscious mind carry out essential tasks for us to operate at our best possible level. Difficult problems are more manageable ‘when we ‘ve slept on it’. Overnight we flush out toxins, restore hormones and carry out essential repairs, and our brains process impressions and memories. A good night’s sleep has a regenerative effect, leaving us feeling restored and fresh, and with a more positive outlook.
According to the World Health Organisation the average adult needs about 8‒9 hours of sleep to maintain good health. And it’s crucial that this takes place consistently. If not, we run the risk of sleep deprivation, which has both short-term and long-term health implications.
The short-term impact of sleep deprivation: reduced cognitive abilities, lower productivity and performance, stifled creativity, poor health choices during the day, low tolerance, lack of concentration, feeling cranky, reduced emotional well-being, and appetite & digestive problems.
Studies have linked long-term impact of sleep deprivation to cancer, low sperm count, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood-pressure, risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and weight gain.
PERSONAL WELL-BEING Benefits:
- Increased creativity, concentration, and decision-making, improved productivity and better lifestyle choices
- More communication, humour, empathy, and improved relationships
- Less anxiety, stress, or depression, improved mood and feelings, and improved life-job satisfaction
- Improved short-term physical health, and more energy, less body pain
- Improved long-term physical health, and a slower aging process, less medication
- Health means wealth; better financial prospects as a healthy person short- and long-term
- Greater social networking potential and social support network