Sleep is very vital for the proper workings of your body. Sleep deprivation has become an epidemic in society. According to recent sleep reports, 1 in 3 Americans starts their day in a sleep-deprived state. To wake up feeling rested, The National Sleep Foundation has released a revised sleep recommendation report based on age. 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
Whenever you don’t meet the daily sleep recommendations, your health and mental state suffer.
Here are nine things that will happen to your body if you starve it of sleep:
1. You Become Easily Irritable And Have A Difficult Time Thinking Properly
When you observe the recommended dose of sleep, your body needs per night, your body rests from all the previous day’s stress, and you can think better. Still, when your body doesn’t sleep well, all of the last day’s stress accumulates and everything that seems to be a little uncomfortable trigger an anger response. Your decision-making skills suffer, your reasoning diminishes, and your problem-solving skills go out the window.
2. You Get Sick
Your body’s ability to fight off infections reduce. According to studies, there is a direct correlation between sleep and our immune systems. When we get less sleep, the immune system struggles to keep up with any foreign organism attacking our bodies, making our bodies vulnerable to infections and other foreign entities.
3. Weight Gain
According to a 3-year study done with over 21,000 adults, it was discovered that those who slept less than 5 hours a night on average, were more likely to gain weight and was at a higher risk of becoming obese.
4. It Ages You Physically.
Lack of sleep has been proven to speed up the aging process from a physical aspect. A study of the nighttime habits and skin condition of people between the ages of 30 and 50 proved that those who slept less noticed more wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and a lack of elasticity in their skin than those who slept within their recommended sleep duration.
5. Reduce Libido
A study found out that men who slept less than 5 hours a night over one week had a lower amount of s*x hormones; testosterone levels than those who had a better sleep.
6. You Increase Your Chance Of Heart Disease And Stroke
Lack of sleep affects the entire body, including your heart. Recent research published in the European Heart Journal says that those who struggle to have a proper sleep have an increased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
7. You Become Forgetful
Studies have shown that those who struggle in the sleep department have a problem remembering things. Their brain’s ability to process and store new information becomes difficult. Lack of sleep has an impact on learning and memory.
8. Your Possibilities Of Getting Into An Accident Increase
According to the National Sleep Foundation, you are three times more prone to be involved in a car accident if you get six or fewer hours of sleep each night.