In trying to fit everything into our busy lives we often sacrifice sleep. Sleep is sometimes viewed as a luxury, but it's really important to our health and well-being. Sleep is a time for restoration and has been found to be important for:
These all affect how we function in regard to productivity, focus and overall quality of life.
Not getting enough sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity. Lack of sleep is not only unhealthy; it can be dangerous, too. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that more than 100,000 auto crashes each year are related to drivers not getting enough sleep. These crashes have lead to tens of thousands of injuries and disabilities as well as death.
How Much Do We Need
Also, not getting enough sleep can create what is called a sleep debt. Similar to being overdrawn at a bank, we will often pay back this debt which will cause a variation in the total amount of sleep needed as well. It is important to assess how you feel on different amounts of sleep to find what works best for you. Are you in a better mood when you sleep seven hours? Or do you feel your best with nine?
Tips for Rest