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At the time of man’s evolution, there wasn’t much else to do in the dark but sleep. Today, people truly wake up only once the sun has set. Artificial lights, noisy urban landscapes, and people who shuttle from one screen or the other, binge-watching TV shows find little utility for sleep. The importance of sleep is often overlooked.
Here are some scientific reasons on why sleep is important:
Sleeping less tends to be a major risk factor for obesity. (A review of over 690 studies showed this correlation in research published in the academic journal Sleep)
Sleeping less causes you to eat more by affecting appetite hormones which regulate diet. (Data from the Wisonsin Sleep Cohort Study showed a correlation between short sleep time, increased BMI, and reduced levels of Leptin)
Lack of sleep affects cognition, concentration, productivity, and performance. (Research done by Dr. JM Ellenbogen, published in the academic journal Neurology)
Good sleep improves problem-solving skills and enhances memory for both children and adults. (Cognitive Brain Research journal’s study)
Good sleep shows improved athletic performance including better speed, accuracy, and reaction times. (A study conducted on college basketball players published in the academic journal Sleep)
Short sleep duration greatly increases your risk from cardiovascular troubles including strokes and heart attacks. (Research published in the European Heart Journal from over 15 studies)
90% of the people suffering from depression have complained about and suffered from poor sleep quality. (Research published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry)
Even partial sleep deprivation reduced natural immune responses and affected the production of cells which aid the human immune response substantially. (Research published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology)
In other words, sleep is incredibly important. It has wide-ranging affects on human health in a variety of different ways and across body functions. In case you’re wondering, this is how much sleep you should get according to the US’ National Sleep Foundation: