Food, HEALTH/FOOD

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Sleep makes people calmer, more alert, less fearful – just plain happier, or so I see around me and in me. I am sure that if this great nation were to concentrate on getting more sleep, we would be a happier, more confident people, and that by itself would be a major achievement.

— Ben Stein

sleepToday more and more people are getting insufficient sleep for one reason or the other.

It is reported that 35% of U.S. adults do not get enough sleep.

Not getting enough sleep poses several problems, some of which include the following:

Causes accidents and injuries both on the road and at work

Impairs concentration, reasoning, and makes it difficult to learn efficiently

Leads to serious health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes

Contributes to symptoms of depression

Affects skin quality as well as lead to obesity

Creates low sex drive and affects the quality of performance

The fact is sleep is a very important part of good health.

A large number of Americans are reported as not getting enough sleep.

According to data from a 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey that was done in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, about 1 in 3 (an estimated 83 million) U.S. adults reported usually sleeping less than 7 hours in a 24-hour period.

The overall productivity level and quality of life in any country are impacted negatively by people with less than 7 hours sleep.

Consequently, people ought to begin to pay attention to sleep by making it a priority and avert its long-term ill effects.

Readers Bureau

Edited by Jesus Chan

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