Sleep is an important determinant of health. In his book Own Your Health Dr. Vikram talks about the importance of sleep and the impact it has on mental and physical health. In this guest post writer, Nakshatra Nair elaborates on the key aspects of health.
Sleep is very important for your mental and physical health. Different things happen during sleep that helps to keep the brain working well and keep the body healthy. Sleep is also essential for children and teenagers to make sure they grow and develop in the right way.
This can happen if you don’t get enough sleep. The term “sleep deficiency” refers to not getting enough good sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, this can happen. There may be other reasons for this, like a sleep disorder or a misalignment of your circadian rhythms. Lack of good sleep means your body doesn’t have as much time to rest at night. This can also make your body less able to fight off diseases and medical problems.
A night of good 8-hour sleep is essential for most people, but some need more, and some need less. When you figure out how much sleep you need, try to get it. In general, if you wake up tired and long for a nap all day, likely, you aren’t getting enough sleep. There are many things that can make it hard to get a good night’s sleep, including health problems like sleep apnea. Many times, it’s because people have bad sleep habits.
Here are seven ways in which getting a good night’s sleep might benefit your overall health:
- Boosts Immunity: If you get sick all the time, your bedtime could be to blame. You may not be able to fight off bugs if you don’t get enough sleep for a long time.
- Reduce Weight: People who sleep less than 7 hours a day are more likely to gain weight and become obese than those who get 7 hours. It’s thought that people who don’t get enough sleep have less leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and more ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone).
- Mental Health: It’s not surprising that people who don’t get enough sleep can have long-term mood disorders like clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder in adults if they don’t get enough sleep every night. When they were asked about their sleeping habits, it turned out that most of them didn’t get enough sleep at night. According to research, eating a mix of vitamins for sleep can help to reduce the number of apnea episodes that occur during the night.
- Prevent Diabetes: People who sleep less than five hours a night are more likely to get diabetes, according to research. It looks like not getting enough deep sleep may lead to type 2 diabetes because it changes how the body processes glucose, which the body needs for energy.
- Prevent Heart Disease: Long-term sleep deprivation may cause your heart rate to rise, your blood pressure to rise, and your body to produce more chemicals linked to inflammation, which may put extra strain on your heart.
Lack of good sleep means your body doesn’t have as much time to rest at night. This can also make your body less able to fight off diseases and medical problems. People who don’t get enough sleep have physical health problems like:
- Immune Health: Your immune system is at its strongest when you’re asleep. There are more T-cells, cytokines, and other essential parts of your body at their peak during sleep. People who don’t get enough sleep may not be able to fight off viruses and other infections properly.
- Obesity: Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can make you more likely to be overweight. When you sleep, your body makes and regulates a lot of different hormones. Some of them are called ghrelin and leptin. They make you want to eat and make you feel full. Lack of sleep can make your ghrelin levels rise and your leptin levels fall, which makes you more likely to feel hungry and overeat.
- Heart Problems: It’s normal for blood pressure to go down when you sleep. In this way, if you don’t get enough sleep, your daily average blood pressure may go up, which could make you more likely to get heart disease and stroke. It has also been found that people who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get heart disease.
- Boosts Brain: People who get a good night’s sleep are better able to focus, be creative and learn new things. It’s more likely that people who don’t get enough sleep are going to make mistakes at work.
- Development: The hormones that help children and adolescents grow, build muscle, regulate puberty and fertility, and repair cells and tissues are released when they fall asleep in a deep sleep. Children who don’t get enough sleep may be angry or sad, have a hard time with school work and have a hard time getting along with their friends in good ways.
- Boosts Mood: It can be hard to control your emotions, make good decisions, and deal with different parts of daily life if you don’t get enough sleep at night. Sleep deprivation can also lead to mental health problems, such as depression, which can make people more likely to take their own lives.
- Boosts Memory: In slow-wave sleep, your brain starts to organize and consolidate memories. This stage is important for processing memories. The rapid eye movement stage that comes after may help to keep these memories in place. As a result, not getting enough sleep can make it hard for you to remember important things.
- Maximize Performance: Sleep has been shown to help people who are good at sports. Getting a good amount of sleep can help you improve your fine motor skills, reaction time, muscular power, muscular endurance, and problem-solving skills, as well as many other things. What’s more, if you don’t get enough sleep, you may be more likely to get hurt and less likely to want to exercise. So, getting enough sleep might be the thing that helps you do better.
- Reduce Depression: There was a link between depression and poor sleep scores. People who had anxiety and depression were more likely to report poor sleep scores than those who did not have anxiety and depression. Those who have insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea also report more depression than those who don’t. If you can’t get to sleep or your mental health is getting worse, you should talk to your doctor.
If you don’t get enough sleep for a long time, you might want to talk to your doctor or another qualified medical professional. Physicians can give you important information about your sleep health and habits, and if necessary, they can run tests to see if you have a sleep disorder.