Sleep Research Says Get Your Sleep!
Sleep research still indicates that the average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep each day. Sleep disorders seem to be a growing problem in the United States. It is estimated that 58% of the US population experiences symptoms of sleep disorders. As a result, the sleep market, which includes anti-insomnia drugs, Sleep labs, mattresses and pillows, has become a multi-million dollar market.
According to Research Director John L. LaRosa: “As obesity rates climb and Americans age, more people are developing sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and other Sleep disorders. Plus, stressors from the economy, terrorism, longer workdays, and women entering menopause are resulting in more sleepless nights. Some claim that ‘sleep is the new sex—we need more of it and can’t get enough of it’. First launched in 1977, there are now about 3,300 ‘sleep labs’ in the United States.”
The importance of sleep can’t be overemphasized enough. Without proper sleep it would be difficult to remain healthy and fit for long. The need for sleep should be stressed in everyones overall health and fitness routine. The benefits impact every phase of a person’s life. Not only does it rejuvenate and repair the body, but it helps to reduce stress and improve concentration and memory. Sleep even controls your bodyweight. It regulates the hormones that affect appetite . You can improve your chances of losing weight by getting more sleep
Here is a list of the great benefits of sleep:
Reduces the risk of accidents
Reduces the risk of depression Controls bodyweight
Repairs your body and makes you look and feel better
Sleep debt or deprivation can cause mental, emotional, and physical fatigue. This can result in loss of high –level cognitive functions. Also, the immune system can be negatively affected. Obviously, these symptoms would make it difficult to be able to focus on any type of exercises or other activities. Memory is also affected by lack of sleep
Difficulty in sleeping can come from the foods we eat, or from pain, illness, or drugs. If the cause is from pain, drugs, or illness they must be treated. Food causes such as caffeine, or alcohol or other types of depressants or stimulants means that you would need to cut down or cut out ingesting those types of food products.
Older people tend to be more easily awoken by environmental disturbances as they age. Even so, they still need about 7-8 hours of sleep , therefore they need to get some of their sleep as daytime naps.
In this day and age it is more important than ever to try to get the necessary sleep we need. To gain better health and fitness don’t forget to get the sleep you need as indicated by the sleep research.
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