Sleep Deprivation


Sleep deprivation is slowly becoming an epidemic. Many of are completely unaware of how important sufficient sleep is to our health. Sleep is as necessary as oxygen is to our survival. We cannot function effectively or think clearly when we are sleep deprived. A great strategy for staying committed to your goals is to observe your sleep patterns. Check to see how many hours of sleep you receive nightly.

The National Sleep foundation, recommends 7-9 hours per night. There are some people who may need less while others may need more. Age has a big bearing on the number of hours needed.

Many people are not even aware that they suffer from sleep deprivation. The Nation Sleep Foundation (NSF) claims that up to 80% of doctors admit they don't completely understand the dangers of reduced sleep on one's general health. Because of this many sleep related conditions are overlooked or blamed on other diseases.

As a society our hectic lifestyles leaves us scrambling to use as many hours of the day as we can. We consume large quantities of caffeine in order to compensate for lack of sleep. However, sooner or later it will catch up with you.

Sleep Deprivation Is Caused By:

  • A hectic lifestyle.

  • Insomnia - when there are too many things on the mind that it cannot shut down resulting in poor quality of sleep.

  • Sleep disorders.

  • Excessive worry, depression.

  • Constant interruptions during the night.

  • Working at night, travel across time zones.

    Consequences of Sleep Deprivation

  • More accidents. Our reflexes are not as sharp when we lack sleep. Therefore, more car accidents and work related accidents occur.

  • Reduced productivity and performance.

  • Inability to stay focused

  • Obesity

  • High blood pressure.

  • Weaker immune system.

  • Moodiness, irritability

  • Lack of motivation

  • Pessimism

  • Memory loss.

  • Part of achieving physical fitness means getting sufficient sleep. This is something we may take for granted and are already experiencing some of the above symptoms due to lack of sleep. Fortunately, we all know the cure for this ailment. It just requires some planning ahead so you can start to wind down your day earlier.

    Sleep will recharge your batteries leaving you feeling fresh to face your day. You will experience much more productivity in your life and gain more momemtum for reaching your goals with sufficient sleep.

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