Every day researchers are learning more and more about sleep. Every new parent knows how bad you feel when you don’t get enough sleep, but what about the rest of us?
Work pressure, caring for family members, staying up late or simply not being able to unwind mean that many people are not getting the deep, peaceful sleep they need.
It’s easy to see how your brain is affected by lack of sleep. You become irritable, unable to focus, and you could even be a driving or workplace risk if you fall asleep.
But did you know that the hormones that control appetite, growth, and the health of our immune system are released during sleep? Parents know that small children need sleep to help them grow. But not enough sleep in adults can lead to weight gain and obesity, and all the health problems that follow.
People who are sleep deprived are also shortening their lifespan. People with sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnoea are at risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes type 2, depression, obesity and more.
These days, more and more health specialists see sleep as the third piece of the puzzle, along with diet and exercise. Isn’t it time you get some better quality sleep?