How many hours of sleep did you get last night? Sleep is such an essential part of our health, yet so many people think it is optional. Have a busy day or need a few more hours in the day? Just sleep less, they think. Cutting out on sleep is not the solution, and it can lead to huge consequences. Here are five things to hate about sleep loss.
Sleep Loss Causes Accidents
Not getting enough sleep and driving to work is just as dangerous as drunk driving. According to WebMD, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fatigue is a cause in 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S.”.
Not only can sleepiness make you dangerous on the road, but it can also make you dangerous on the job. Those who suffered daytime sleepiness were more prone to hurting themselves or getting on the job injuries.
You Are Getting Dumber
No one wants to appear dumber than they are, but that is exactly what happens when you cut down on precious sleeping hours. You do not allow your brain the proper time to restore crucial brain cells or consolidate memories. The result is that you have impaired reasoning, cognitive skills, alertness, and concentration.
Less Sleep Means More Health Problems
Not only does the proper amount of sleep feel good, but it also prevents huge health problems later on. Less sleep means you are at a higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Sleeplessness Brings on Depression
Developing less sleep over time can bring on symptoms of depression. Studies found that those who were diagnosed with depression or anxiety got six hours or less of sleep at night. Also, there has also been found a strong tie between insomnia and depression.
Missed Sleep Ruins How You Look
Not only is sleep a major factor for how you feel, but it also contributes to how you look. Even after just one night of bad sleep, you don’t look very good. Your skin is a little puffy and you have dark circles. When you chronically miss sleep, you are aging your skin, and you will experience lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles.
When it comes to your busy schedule, not getting enough sleep is the enemy. Lack of sleep leads to so many problems, that it is just not worth losing sleep over. Still having trouble nodding off? Chiropractic care can help improve your sleep quality with regular adjustments. Many times sleeplessness is caused by a problem in the nerves or because of chronic pain. Both are issues that need to be dealt with by aligning the spine. Come visit The Joint…the chiropractic place today for your manual adjustment.
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