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Sleep Deprivation: It’s Scarier Than You Thought

Sleep loss is truly a killer

Sleep Deprivation: Risks of Too Little Sleep

 

What’s Sleep Deprivation Doing to You?

Not getting enough sleep not only kills your productivity, it could also kill you. Not getting enough sleep has such a negative impact that people who are drunk are able to outperform people who are sleep deprived. The stats don’t stop there, people who are sleep deprived are 20% more likely to be dead in the next 20 years. Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health conditions such as heart attacks, stokes, diabetes, obesity, and even cancer.

Your health and mental well-being are heavily dependent on the amount of sleep that you get each night. 

Getting less than 7 hours of sleep per night can increase your chance of a heart attack by 100%. In addition to this, lack of sleep can double the risk of breast cancer. It’s easy to see why getting enough sleep has a major impact on your life.

Most people need to get anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep per night to feel well rested. It’s hard to be on top of your game without at least 7 hours. Unfortunately, about a third of American works get less than 6 hours of sleep each night, which ends up costing American businesses $63 Million annually due to lost productivity. Sleep deprivation can be linked to increased stress, higher blood pressure, impairment of blood glucose, and inflammation. Sleep deprivation doesn’t just affect those who are getting an insufficient amount of rest, it also affects others on the road. The National Highway Safety Administration has stated that drowsy driving is responsible for at least 100,000 accidents per year.

If all of these reasons aren’t enough reason to get more sleep, there’s a lot of positives to being well rested. Not only will you be more productive and alert in the workplace, getting one additional hour of sleep per day can help you to lose up to 14.3 pounds per year. Your body does so much for you, treat it right by getting enough sleep. If you’re consistently not getting enough rest and you start to notice a productivity drop off, consult with your doctor immediately to begin a healthier sleep lifestyle.

For more information,  visit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16585410

By |2017-05-22T04:59:31-05:00October 17th, 2016|