You’re feeling grumpy, you have trouble concentrating, and you’re not eating well. It could be because you’re not getting enough SLEEP.
But not getting enough sleep does more than affect your mood. It can wreak havoc on your health.
USA Today has a story on sleep deprivation which includes a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC warns that habitual lack of sleep can lead to an increased risk of many serious health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, heart attacks and strokes.
That’s not to mention negatively impacting your quality of life, reducing productivity—even contributing to premature death!
As you may have heard me mention a few weeks ago, a recent study involving mice found that chronic sleep loss can lead to the irreversible loss of brain cells.
CDC data show that 1 out of 4 adults report sleeping six hours or less each night, and that's simply not enough for most people.
Safwan Badr, a past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, says sleep is so critical to good health that it should be thought of "as one of the components of a three-legged stool of wellness: nutrition, exercise and sleep,"
Dr. Badr says there are some steps you can take to get a better night's sleep:
Go to bed at about the same time every night, get up at the same time in the morning, don't drink caffeine in the afternoon, limit alcohol consumption, and exercise regularly.
For more ideas, go to sleepeducation.com.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.