Researchers in several studies point out that between 7 8 hours of night-time sleep are a must if you must want to remain alert, look good and feel good. Coupled with other good habits like exercising, staying away from smoking & drinking and eating a sensible diet, it can lead to a long life full of quality.
However, most of us do not realize how little we sleep. Late night TV serials, munching on snacks at bedtime or indulging in tea or coffee before sleeping ensures that we postpone going to sleep by a couple of hours. And we have not even talked about the weekend all-night partying. What about those late night internet chats and emails? What are the effects of less sleep? For starters one experiences drowsiness during the day leading to over dependence on external stimulants such as tea and coffee. Wrinkles and aging skin are other consequences.
Beyond leaving people bleary-eyed, clutching a Coffee Day cup and dozing off at afternoon meetings, failing to get enough sleep or sleeping at odd hours heightens the risk for a variety of major illnesses. These include cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity as recent studies indicate.
With increasing age, your sleep requirement goes down anyway. Physiologic studies suggest that a sleep deficit may put the body into a state of high alert, increasing the production of stress hormones and driving up blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. Moreover, people who are sleep-deprived have elevated levels of substances in the blood that indicate a heightened state of inflammation in the body, which has also recently emerged as a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
We hope that the above reasons have motivated you enough to catch up on your sleep. For now we have only given you the harmful effects of less sleep. In our next article in this series we will talk about ways to sleep better. We will give you tips which will help you create an environment in which you can sleep peacefully. Till then, Happy Partying. Its Weekend!