Importance of Sleep for Adults

Importance of Sleep for Adults?

Importance of Sleep

A goodnight’s sleep is important for good health. It’s just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Unfortunately, there is a lot that can interfere with natural sleep patterns. According to a study, adults are now sleeping less than they did in the past decades, and sleep quality has decreased as well.

Here are 10 reasons why good sleep is important for adults.

1. Poor sleep can cause obesity : Importance of Sleep

Poor sleep is strongly linked to weight gain. People with short sleep duration tend to weigh significantly more than those who get adequate sleep.

Short sleep duration is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity. In one extensive review study, adults with short sleep duration were 55% more likely to develop obesity.

The effect of sleep on weight gain is believed to be mediated by numerous factors, including hormones and motivation to exercise. If you’re trying to lose weight, getting quality sleep is crucial.

2. Good sleepers tend to eat fewer calories

Studies show that sleep-deprived individuals have a bigger appetite and tend to eat more calories. Sleep deprivation disrupts the daily fluctuations in appetite hormones and is believed to cause poor appetite regulation.

This includes higher levels of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates appetite, and reduced levels of leptin, the hormone that suppresses appetite.

3. Good sleep can improve concentration and productivity

Sleep is important for various aspects of brain function. This includes cognition, concentration, productivity, and performance. All of these are negatively affected by lack of sleep.

A study on medical interns provides a good example. Interns on a traditional schedule with extended work hours of more than 24 hours made 36% more serious medical errors than interns on a schedule that allowed more sleep.

Another study found that short sleep can negatively impact some aspects of brain function to a similar degree as alcohol intoxication. On the other hand, good sleep has been shown to improve problem-solving skills and enhance the memory performance of both children and adults.

4. Good sleep can maximize athletic performance

Sleep has been shown to enhance athletic performance. In a study on basketball players, longer sleep was shown to significantly improve speed, accuracy, reaction times, and mental well-being.

Less sleep duration has also been associated with poor exercise performance and functional limitation in older women. A study in over 2,800 women found that poor sleep was linked to slower walking, lower grip strength, and greater difficulty performing independent activities.

5. Poor sleepers have a greater risk of heart disease and stroke

Sleep quality and duration can have a major effect on many health factors. These are the factors believed to drive chronic diseases, including heart disease.

A review of 15 studies found that people who don’t get enough sleep are at far greater risk of heart disease or stroke than those who sleep 7–8 hours per night.

6. Sleep affects glucose metabolism and type 2 diabetes risk

Experimental sleep restriction affects blood sugar, reduces insulin sensitivity. In a study in healthy young men, restricting sleep to 4 hours per night for 6 nights in a row caused symptoms of prediabetes.

These symptoms resolved after one week of increased sleep duration. Poor sleep habits are also strongly linked to adverse effects on blood sugar in the general population.

Those sleeping less than 6 hours per night have repeatedly been shown to be at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

7. Poor sleep is linked to depression

Mental health issues, such as depression, are strongly linked to poor sleep quality, sleeping disorders. It’s been estimated that 90% of people with depression complain about sleep quality.

Poor sleep is even associated with an increased risk of death by suicide. Those with sleeping disorders like insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea also report significantly higher rates of depression than those without.

8. Sleep improves your immune function

Even a small loss of sleep has been shown to impair immune function. One large 2-week study monitored the development of the common cold after giving people nasal drops with the cold virus.

They found that those who slept less than 7 hours were almost 3 times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept 8 hours or more.

If you often get colds, ensuring that you get at least 8 hours of sleep per night could be very helpful. Eating more garlic can help as well

9. Poor sleep is linked to increased inflammation

Sleep can have a major effect on inflammation in your body. Sleep loss is known to activate undesirable markers of inflammation, cell damage. Poor sleep has been strongly linked to long-term inflammation of the digestive tract, in disorders known as inflammatory bowel disease.

One study observed that sleep-deprived people with Crohn’s disease were twice as likely to relapse as patients who slept well. Researchers are even recommending sleep evaluation to help predict outcomes in individuals with long-term inflammatory issues.

10. Sleep affects emotions or social interaction

Lack of sleep reduces your ability to interact socially. Several studies confirmed this using emotional facial recognition tests. One study found that people who hadn’t slept had a reduced ability to recognize expressions of anger or happiness.

Researchers believe that poor sleep affects your ability to recognize important social cues, process emotional information. Sleep loss reduces your ability to interact socially.

Several studies confirmed this using emotional facial recognition tests. One study found that people who hadn’t slept had a reduced ability to recognize expressions of anger and happiness. Researchers believe that poor sleep affects your ability to recognize important social cues, process emotional information.

The takeaway

Along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is one of the pillars of health. You simply cannot achieve optimal health without adequate sleep. Sound sleep will give you a refreshing start to your day, also give you the necessary energy to get through the day.

Read: Basic Health Tips

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10 Replies to “Importance of Sleep for Adults”

  1. Great article and I don’t sleep know where near enough. It’s something that does get you down and I’m taking to steps to eradicate it. I certainly agree that lack of sleep affects your ability to socialise with other people. Reading your article has definitely shown me the importance of nutrition and exercise which I will now be putting to good use. 

  2. These are very good reasons on why sleep is important. I do find that when I don’t get enough sleep, I can’t function properly. I would like to add that a decent mattress is a must as well. I learned during my pregnancies that a good mattress matters is needed. My husband had to replace our time bed frame and mattress. Once he did that my sleeping has been on point. I’m less tensed, less stressed, and more active. My back and everything use to hurt when I didn’t get a good night sleep. 

    Either way, I never knew not getting enough sleep can lead to inflammation of the digestive tract. Will getting enough sleep help with Crohn’s disease or inflammation of the digestive tract? 

    1. Crohn’s disease is a chronic disease that needs to be managed by a patient under the supervision of a doctor. One needs to monitor what causes their condition to flare. Proper diet and reducing stress will help. Adequate sleep will assist with reducing the stress level.

  3. I am a believer — I know from personal experience that missing out on the right amount of quality sleep can have devastating consequences in multiple areas of life. The worst part is the drugged brain-fog feeling after days of insomnia that make you feel like a zombie! What is your best advice for anyone who goes to bed on time but struggles with insomnia? 

    1. Getting to the root cause is the key, however, getting in a relaxed state of mind before bed is always the best option. You can relax your mind through meditation and also through journaling. Avoiding stressing about things that are out of your control.

  4. Hi, thank you for this informative article, My wife is a freelancer and works until all hours of the morning, she struggles to sleep. This has caused her to have less social interaction with almost everyone as she always wants to stay at home and not attend events such as birthdays, weddings, etc. I am definitely going to have her read this article as I want her to see what lack of sleep currently does to her.

    1. Sleeping is a vital process when DNA is repaired and the body replenish itself for the day ahead. We should not deprive ourselves of sleep. Thank you for reading this article.

  5. I am glad I came across this article. I needed this reminder . I have been compromising my sleep for too long and I can vividly remember the days I used to sleep well. I was healthy, bubbly productive and all good things. These days I am just the opposite. After reading this , I am gonna take baby steps towards healthy sleeping patterns. Thanks again 

    1. Sleep is an important behavioral experience that contributes to our well-being.  Thank you very much for reading this article.

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