How important is sleep to health?

Chances are that many of you have heard from either your parents or your teachers that sleep is an integral part of your health. It is recommended that teenagers should get approximately 8 hours of sleep each day, yet most of us don’t and still function fine. This begs the question: how important is sleep to our health?

Why is sleep important?

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As it happens, the body actually needs sleep for a plethora of reasons. Rest is important to rest/recharge “batteries”, grow, and develop the mind. As previously mentioned it is recommended that teenagers (children aged 13-19) should get around 8-9 hours of cumulative sleep in order to develop our changing minds. It is in these formative years, that our mind is shaped, so sleep is of the utmost importance.

What happens if you don’t get enough sleep?

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According to the National heart, lung,and blood institute, lack of sleep may result in a disease/condition known as sleep deprivation. This deficiency can result in physical, and mental health, injuries, and a loss of productivity. There are quite a few signs/symptoms of sleep deprivation. They are but are not limited to 

  • The inability to feel refreshed
  • Drowsiness
  • angry/impulsive behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Laziness
  • Depression
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Getting the right amount of sleep can help us maintain energy throughout the day. It can leave us well rested and able to perform daily tasks at peak level. For example, sleeping the night before can help students retain information they learn at school for longer periods of time as a recent study indicates. It can also be a matter of life and death. Last year alone approximately 1500 deaths occurred due to drivers falling asleep/making rash decisions due to lack of sleep.

In conclusion, sleep is very important to human health as it shapes the human mind during our formative years. Sleep is in fact so important to us that we can develop ailments and deficiencies from a lack of it.-Post written by Yash Banga

Sources:

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-deprivation-and-deficiency

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-reasons-why-good-sleep-is-important

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