Research has shown how sleep is the average man’s panacea. With nearly one in three Americans showing signs of sleep deprivation, it makes sense to talk about it in the long run. If we sleep well, our bodies become more productive and healthier. We feel better and happy and rejuvenated in our lives.
The National Sleep Foundation has come up with some amazing statistics that show young adults in the age group of 18-35 years need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every day. There are times when not getting enough sleep is not an option. People who are sick and need care may need more of sleep, but that does not stop the average healthy adult from falling asleep every night. Here is the sleep chart for all men and women in the United States:
The New Recommendations Are:
- Older adults, 65+ years: 7-8 hours
- Adults, 26-64 years: 7-9 hours
- Young adults, 18-25 years: 7-9 hours
- Teenagers, 14-17 years: 8-10 hours
- School-age children, 6-13 years: 9-11 hours
- Preschool children, 3-5 years: 10-13 hours
- Toddlers, 1-2 years: 11-14 hours
- Infants, 4-11 months: 12-15 hours
- Newborns, 0-3 months: 14-17 hours
A team of Norwegian neuroscientists have found that those who are sleep deprived often see a difference in the way the brain functions in the day to day life. Lack of sleep also affects the way the white matter functions in the brain and interfere with the genes.
Here is a list of ailments that can plague the human body if there is chronic lack of sleep:
1. Breakdown Of The Immune System:
There is a direct relationship between sleep and the immune system. Sleep deprivation leads to complications that prevent the body from fighting difficult illnesses. Thus leads to sicknesses that inadvertently also affect our productivity.
2. Breakdown Of The Logical Thought Process:
Thought processes often suffer if the average human being goes sleep deprived for days. Experimental Brain Research has published a study that has shown that lack of sleep led to poor decision making and diminished reasoning levels. Apart from these, the problem solving skills are often diminished with slower reaction times.
3. Pile Up Of Weight And Obesity Risks:
If you are weight obsessed, you need to get enough sleep. Over 21,000 adults were evaluated and the relationship between sleep and weight checked. Those who slept for less than 5 hours a day were more likely to get obese with risks of heart attack heightened.
4. Pale And Dry Skin:
A study of sleep habits and skin condition showed that in people from ages 30 to 50 who had less sleep were more likely to be unhappy with their appearance and skin. Most of them complained of wrinkles and fine lines, age spots and lack of elasticity of the skin.
5. Risk Of Heart Disease And Stroke:
good night’s sleep also is necessary to prevent our heart from not functioning well in the long run. In a recent study published by the European Heart Journal found that those who did not sleep suffered from coronary heart disease and stroke risks that may be fatal in the long run.
6. Lack Of Sleep Related To Cancer Risk:
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also suggested that those who did not sleep for 7-9 hours in a day were more likely to fall prey to cancer. Women are more likely to face severe health issues including breast and cervical cancer.
One of the best things found by the team suggests that our bodies are very good at repairing themselves. When you are sleep deprived, you can follow it up with a night of good sleep and help the mind repair itself. The body can also repair the damage in the cells too.