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Sleep Deprivation Dangers

April 29, 2014 2 min read

We all know that sleep is integral to boosting your immune system, losing weight, looking and feeling your best, and maintaining good health in general, but I’ve definitely suffered from insomnia at one point or another, and I’m sure I’m not alone. After looking at this inforgraphic provided by the Huffington Post on what sleep deprivation does to you after one night, and after a while, you might be persuaded to catch more z’s. sleepdeprivation Here are some more sleep statistics:
  • Only 59% of Americans get enough sleep (between 7 and 9 hours per night)
  • 14% of Americans get less than 5 hours of sleep a night
  • 35.3% of people get less than 7 hours of sleep a night
  • 37.9% of people reported being tired enough to take a midday nap
  • 4.7% of people admitted to falling asleep at the wheel of a car
  • Getting six hours of sleep or less can triple your risk of drowsy driving accidents.
  • Getting less than seven hours of sleep a night triples your risk of catching a cold
  • Getting less than six hours of sleep increases your risk of stroke symptoms 4x more than people who get seven or eight hours of sleep.
Generally, you should get about 8 hours of sleep a night. Of course, the amount of sleep that you need to function and maintain good health will vary from person to person, but generally you should refer to this chart to see if you’re getting enough sleep. sleepneed The article unfortunately doesn’t provide much in the way of how to combat trouble sleeping, so here are a few tips that should help:
  • Don’t eat after 8pm
  • Don’t drink caffeine after 3pm
  • Don’t use electronic devices one hour before bed
  • Listen to calming music
  • Meditate or practice yoga
  • Create a sleep routine, so your body knows when it’s time to go to bed
  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep enhancing nutrients, such as magnesium, potassium, and vitamin D
  • Read a book
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