young girl yawningIf you didn’t know what sleep was, and you had only seen it in a science fiction movie, you would think it was weird and tell all your friends about the movie you’d seen. George Carlin

Some people are very proud to say “I don’t need a lot of sleep.” They say it as if they’re better than those who sleep more hours. But research has shown that Lack of Sleep has dangerous side effects.

Here’s a short list of the dangerous side effects of lack of sleep.

forgetfulness

accidents

low sex drive

weight gain

impaired judgment

a myriad of health issues

depression

and more

You can read more about the dangerous side effects of lack of sleep here.

So, how many hours of sleep do we need? 

The National Sleep Foundation has this to say – the first thing experts will tell you about sleep is that there is no “magic number.” Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual. Read more about this article here.

How many hours do you sleep each night or day?

We are creatures of habits, and I’m confident that, on most nights or days, you sleep the same number of hours. I’ve been getting about 6 hours of sleep for most of my life. On most days I feel rested and energized. Recently, I heard on the news that sleeping less than 7 hours (if I remember correctly) put you at risk for a number of health issues. I was suggestible to the news because I started to worry about not getting enough sleep.

In spite of my worries, for the last couple of week I’ve been staying up until the wee hours of the morning. But my internal clock will not allow me to sleep after 9 a.m.  Pacific Time – that’s only four hours of sleep. Needless to say, my energy level is low and it has affected my retention and recall. Because of my listlessness, I dropped a cup hot water on my foot. I was lucky, it was painful but nothing major happened. Today, I decided to nurture myself going to bed earlier.

There’s conflicting data regarding the number of hours we should sleep. But everyone agrees that sleep deprivation is dangerous.

Are you nurturing you mind, body and spirit with enough sleep?

Be inspired to get enough sleep

Here’s an infographic to inspire you to get enough sleep for your optimum health, and day-to-day peak performance. Share your thoughts.

The dangers of sleep deprivation  iinfographic

Source: healthcentral.com via J on Pinterest

 

Your turn

Do you get enough sleep? Do you wake up feeling rested?

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