How many of us feel like we get enough rest? We’re busy right? We have work, we have family, we have hobbies, we have a ton of other responsibilities. We don’t have enough time for it all, so what do we cut out on. . . rest. Over 40% of Americans are sleep deprived.
What are the risks?
- 50% higher risk for obesity if you get less than 5 hours of sleep nightly
- 6000 fatal car crashes caused by drowsy driving each year
- 1 in 25 adults who have fallen asleep at the wheel in the past month
- 36% increase in risk for colorectal cancer
- Increased blood pressure
- 33% increase in dementia risk
- 3-5 years is the number of years sleep deprivation can age your brain
- 48% increase in developing heart disease
- 3 times likely to catch a cold
- Greater risk for depression irritability, anxiety, forgetfulness, fuzzy thinking.
We all know that we need more sleep more rest. We know that’s when the brain rewires itself and makes new connections to help with memory recall. It’s when the body heals itself from wounds and just from the wear and tear of the day. The body makes the molecules needed to jump start processes in the body, so that we function as we should. Yet it’s the one thing that we will sacrifice to do anything else. What we’re really doing is damaging ourselves, taking away from our quality of life.
It’s important for us to rest. We are more alert, friendlier, have better ideas, and healthier. One of the most important things we should be doing is making sure we get the rest we need. It’s not easy. I work on pharmaceuticals. I know there is huge industry out there to help people sleep. Sleeping aids should be taken in extreme situations. Later on I will discuss ways to help sleep better.
The stats were a little eye opening for me. I know I will be trying to make sleep/rest a priority in my life.
- The Effects of Sleep Deprivation, Johns Hopkins Health
- The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body, Healthline
- How Much Sleep Are You Getting Than Everyone Else, Mercola, June 2015, Dr Mercola