It is well documented that lack of sleep can affect performance in all aspects of life. In fact, not getting enough sleep can lead to accidents or death.
Lack of sleep muddles your brain and other activities. But, there is substantial scientific evidence to prove that not enough sleep can lead to a shorter life – much shorter. Even so, there are other rules to follow if you want to die of old age instead of an avoidable premature death.
There are no scientific records to support that people can actually die from lack of sleep. Yet, there are many studies that prove lack of sleep leads to several conditions that will certainly shorten life! Just the fact that it impairs the function of the immune system should be enough to alert you to the dangers of lack of sleep.
Dangers of Sleep Deprivation
Decision making and judgment are two of the first casualties of poor sleep. You can also add the impairment of memory. Then, you realise that other short term problems also associate themselves with ‘not enough sleep’. Not to mention the many problems in personal and professional life that it can cause.
Not getting enough sleep is only one of the problems. Interrupted, or troubled sleep, is also a major problem in the quest for extending life.
Sleep is important for life! There are several stages in the sleep process which are important for specific chemical reactions, necessary for a long life.
Sleep is essential for renewing and the re-generation of countless cells within the body and brain. Without the proper dose of sleep, premature ageing will occur – often leading to many otherwise preventable diseases and conditions.
Perhaps the best call to action is the fact that lack of sleep makes you look much older than you are! Appearance is the all important factor for many people. Yet, the importance of proper sleep time goes much further than that – as shown in accompanying pages.
The recommended times for sleep are out there. But, humans differ in their sleep requirements. There is genetic evidence surfacing to back this up.
However, most people need in the order of eight hours uninterrupted sleep – as a minimum – to replenish the reserves that are essential to long life.
Sleep Problems that Cause Lack of Sleep
A range of sleeping disorders create the majority of problems with a lack of sleep. Among the most common sleeping problems are:
- Insomnia (can’t sleep or having troubled sleep).
- Sleep Apnea.
- Daily stress (making it more or less impossible to get a good night’s sleep).
- Eating habits and diet (especially in the hours leading up to trying to get to sleep).
There are a multitude of ways in which you can help yourself to get a good night’s sleep. There are also many things that you can – or should – avoid if you have trouble sleeping.