The Power of a Good Night’s Sleep, Consistently.

Everyone has experienced how good it feels to wake up after a good night’s sleep: refreshed, alert, and ready for whatever the day brings. On the other hand, we all know what it feels like when we don’t get enough sleep, and many of us know how little sleep over an extended period of time feels: drowsy, slow to react, irritable, or just no energy. Sadly, the latter is probably more familiar to most Americans today. What most people may not realize is the actual danger they are putting their bodies in by consistently lacking sufficient sleep. Recent studies are linking a consistent lack of sleep with increased risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. This link describes the Harvard Medical School’s six reasons to not scrimp on sleep.

One study performed with teenagers showed that teens who consistently do not get adequate sleep not only perform poorly in academics and athletics and put themselves at greater risk of accident or injury, but they also put themselves at greater risk of depression. The study revealed that teens who’s bedtime is mid-night or later are 24% more likely to develop depression and 20% more likely to have suicidal thoughts. Furthermore, teens who sleep five hours or less a night are 71% more likely to develop depression and 48% more likely to have suicidal thoughts than those who sleep eight hours a night.

So, maybe we ought to be a little more diligent at getting to bed on time; not just because we have a lot to do tomorrow, but because we want to have as many tomorrows as we can.

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11 Responses to The Power of a Good Night’s Sleep, Consistently.

  1. cmmz88 says:

    This is a really good post! Sleep is soo crucial and yet it seems to be the part of life that everyone skips. Thanks!

  2. amandabru says:

    I find such a hard balance in knowing this is so true and yet making the time to go to bed. I sure do appreciate it when I get enough sleep and yet I still manage to not get enough sleep!

  3. rblicious says:

    I am a serious grumps McGee on low sleep. I fully understand it’s importance…but still I’m so stubborn I don’t give myself enough…I am going to work on that starting tonight!

  4. linaqutob says:

    wow didnt know that lack of sleep could cause depression. am glad i always get enough sleep

  5. tk729 says:

    Those pictures portray myself perfectly when I am in class. I struggle to get sufficient sleep and it always affects my ability to be alert during the day when I am sitting comfortably for one of my courses. Thanks for sharing why getting the proper amount of sleep is important.

  6. gretchenh12 says:

    I seriously die if I get any less than 6 hours of sleep a night. I start to struggle in my classes, both staying away and getting the work done. It’s just not good.

  7. meganh5 says:

    I definitely didn’t get enough sleep in high school, I always stayed up late with homework and got up super early for seminary at 6 a.m., but I still got really good grades. I don’t know how that happened, but it did. But I know I could have been happier if I had gotten more sleep.

  8. joysita16 says:

    Sleep is indeed vital to having good health.

  9. I feel sooo much better when I get a regular good nights sleep. I notice changes in my body and mind that make it so worth it to get to bed early.

  10. I feel like always need more sleep. Lately I’ve been wondering how its affecting my health. However, I never thought it would be linked to obesity. I’m going to research a little bit more on my own thank you.

  11. miriam08 says:

    I love sleep! I truly believe that it can have a good impact on health or a negative impact if you lack in it. Thanks for educating me more about the power in consistent sleep.

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