The Dangers of Not Getting Enough Sleep

blankNow more than ever, there are many people across the country (and the world) who are suffering from sleep deprivation. With all the things that bombard our daily life – work, advertisements, stress, social media and more – we are getting less and less sleep. With this lack of sleep comes plenty of dangers; in fact, even if you eat right and exercise regularly, but don’t get enough sleep, it might all be for naught. Here are some reasons why you need to make getting the required amount of sleep each night a priority.

Short-term Problems:

  1. Greater increase of accidents – in addition to being a factor in some of the biggest disasters in recent history, drowsiness is also a big public safety hazard for drivers. In fact, it can slow down your reaction time as much as being drunk does.
  2. Impaired memory and thinking – a decrease in the amount of sleep you get can affect your ability to think, remember things and process information.
  3. Quality of life – a lack of sleep can affect every area of your life from relationships and work to normal daily activities.

Long-term Problems:

  1. Serious potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation include stroke, heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes.
  2. Studies have found that 90% of people who suffer from insomnia also suffer from another health condition.
  3. Sleep deprivation can also lead to depression, anxiety, lower sex drive, obesity and affect your appearance by adding wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes.

Here are the nine-specific age categories and the proper amount of sleep needed for each group:

  • Older adults, 65+ years: 7-8 hours
  • Adults, 26-64 years: 7-9 hours
  • Young adults, 18-25 years: 7-9 hours
  • Teenagers, 14-17 years: 8-10 hours
  • School-age children, 6-13 years: 9-11 hours
  • Preschool children, 3-5 years: 10-13 hours
  • Toddlers, 1-2 years: 11-14 hours
  • Infants, 4-11 months: 12-15 hours
  • Newborns, 0-3 months: 14-17 hours

Here’s hoping you have a good night’s sleep tonight!

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