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Sleep For A Healthier Life

Updated on March 15, 2010

Sleeping is one of the best things we can do to lead a healthy life. During sleep our bodies can spend all our energy on healing. When we don't get enough sleep many things can go wrong. It is often a part of our lives where we don't give enough thought to what sleep can do for us.

Many things in our daily life can affect whether we can have a productive sleep, or whether we can get to sleep at all. In this day and age our time spent sleeping has suffered more than anything else. Our bodies and minds demand sleep but we often ignore what we need to get more things done in a day or spend more time with our loved ones. But we are not doing ourselves any good by cutting down the time spent sleeping.

Lack of sleep can have many side effects such as grumpiness, reduced mental capacities, physical health and stress. Lack of sleep can affect your life in so many ways that we don't even realize.

10 Effects of Sleep Deprivation

  1. Sleep deprivation can cause slower reaction times when driving a car much like a drunk driver. Everyone on the road you are on is in danger because you have not had enough sleep. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that lack of sleep causes 100,000 automobile crashes and 1,500 deaths every year. Sleep deprivation also causes more work related injury's as well.
  2. Lack of sleep effects your mental capabilities, such as attention, alertness,concentration, reasoning,and problem solving. This can drastically affect your ability to do your job or concentrate on your schooling. The sleep cycles we go through during the night has been found to play key roles in your ability to remember what you learned that day.
  3. Lack of sleep can seriously harm your health in many ways, such as heart disease, heart attack,heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.
  4. Lack of sleep can affect your sex drive. You are just to tired to partake, and studies have shown that men who have a problem with sleeping are producing less testosterone.
  5. Lack of sleep can lead to depression and increase tension and stress.
  6. Lack of sleep can affect the way your skin looks. puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes are the most common affect of lack of sleep. During deep sleep our bodies release a growth hormone that repairs the tissue of the skin.
  7. Lack of sleep affects your memory. You become more forgetful with lack of sleep.
  8. Lack of sleep causes many people to over eat, they are awake more hours of the day and tend to eat more than someone who is sleeping 8 hours a night. This can cause you to become overweight.
  9. Lack of sleep increases you risk of death due to cardiovascular disease.
  10. Lack of sleep can impair your judgment making the possibility to make the wrong decision more often.

10 Tips To Get A Better Nights Sleep

These are some tips from Mayo Clinic to help you get a better and more restful nights sleep.

  1. Go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday even on the weekends. This can help your body with a set wake- sleep cycle and help you get to sleep more easily.
  2. Don't eat or drink a heavy meal right before bedtime. You should eat more than 2 hours before you go to bed to give you body a chance to digest the food. You can also avoid heartburn and drinking to many liquids before bed can make you use the toilet through out the night. Waking to use the toilet multiple times a night makes for unproductive sleep.
  3. Avoid caffeine, nicotine,and alcohol before bedtime as these are stimulates and will keep you awake.
  4. Exercise is good for you and expends energy. This will help you fall asleep. Some people find exercise right before bed stimulating and can't fall asleep, so do your exercise routine in the morning or afternoon.
  5. Make sure your bedroom is dark to help you fall asleep. Also don't have your bedroom to hot as this makes sleeping difficult.
  6. Taking naps during the daytime can affect your ability to fall asleep at night.
  7. Make sure that your bed is comfortable. An uncomfortable bed can keep you up at night.
  8. Shortly before bedtime unwind, don't do strenuous activity as this increases your metabolism and energy levels making it tough to get to sleep.
  9. When you get tired go to bed, if you don't fall asleep in 20 minutes or so get up until you are tired. Tossing and turning trying to get to sleep causes stress then you will never get to sleep.
  10. Use sleeping pills only as a last resort, and do it under a doctors care if your must. The most important thing is to get some sleep.  

The End Result

The end result of all of this is a good productive and healthy slumber. If you are having trouble sleeping try taking a nice warm bubble bath, listen to some soothing music. Do what you have to do to get a good nights sleep our bodies need. It's for your health. Seek advice from your doctor, but most important of all don't ignore you lack of sleep, thinking it doesn't matter, because it matters greatly and is a matter of health.


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      lucvkx 5 years ago

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      fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks for reading my hub Thelma, I admit I really need to get a bit more sleep.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      You are right. Lack of sleep is not healthy. I need to sleep 8 hours per night or else I´ll be in a bad mood. If I have a trouble in sleeping I drink chocolate before going to bed and rub 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil under my nose. It helps.

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks mulberry and I am so glad you are sleeping better. I had troubles as well while going through menopause, they say that can happen.

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Having a good nights sleep makes all the difference in how you feel and can concentrate. I went through a period for a couple of years where I couldn't sleep, may have been hormonal I don't know, but luckily I seem to be back on track now. Good information here.

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Hi Jen, yes people don't seem to understand the need for sleep and the adverse effects of not getting enough. Thanks so very much for reading my hub Jen.

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      You need to try for more sleep Sage, I know what you mean about Hub Pages and RedGage I stay up late doing on those sites as well. Thanks so much for reading my hub.

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Another great hub fishtiger. I especially appreciated #3 about the increased likelihood of major health problems, which I think more people should give attention to.

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Fishtiger - Good to see you. I am famous for sleep deprivation. I usually go to bed around 4AM. It's all these late nights on Hub Pages and Red Gage. Anyways, this is a truly great hub.

      I will be sure to try some of your suggestions.

      Great Job!