Apart from the busy schedules and increasing pressures of life, the growing romance of the internet, social media, video games and endless TV channels have resulted in decline in number of hours for rest and sleep.
There are many reasons to get good sleep daily.
Most people get less than seven hours sleep on weeknights, which is a potential reason for some health conditions.
Blood pressure and heart rate are typically at their lowest levels during sleep; people who sleep less tend to have higher blood pressure. The association between hypertension and sleep duration could explain other research findings linking lack of sleep to increased risk of heart attack, diabetes, weight gain and other problems. People who sleep well live longer. So, say goodnight sooner, and it may help you stay active and vital to a ripe old age.
People limited to only four or five hours of sleep a night for several nights not only experience more physical ailments, such as headaches and stomach problems, but also undergo changes in metabolism similar to those occurring with normal aging. It’s no wonder we look terrible after a sleepless night. Growth hormones are rejuvenating, and the best way to keep the growth is by sleeping enough. More sleep makes your skin glow, you feel better, and look more beautiful.
People that habitually don’t sleep enough produce higher rates of stress hormones, which puts the body in a hyper aroused state, and further makes it difficult to sleep. The inability to sleep causes more stress, which can have a devastating impact. People who don’t sleep get depressed, and depression causes insomnia, so it’s a vicious circle, says Dr. Oz.
Your Brain Refreshes
When you don’t sleep enough, it affects your concentration, problem solving skills, memory and mood. Lack of sleep can have cognitive and physical effects similar to those brought on by over indulging in alcohol. The performance of someone who’s been awake for seventeen hours straight is about the same as if she had a blood alcohol level of 0.05 percent (about two drinks in an hour).
Recent studies suggest that people who get inadequate amounts of sleep are more likely to gain weight. “With sleep deprivation we see a reduction of metabolism and an increase in appetite”, explains Michael Breus, Phd. Inadequate sleep lowers level s of leptin, the hormone that causes you to feel full, while increasing levels of ghrelin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry.