Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.
When it comes to sleep, this is one tired nation.
According to the CDC, between 35 and 45 percent of Americans unintentionally fell asleep during the day at least once in the past month and nearly 5 percent fell asleep while driving during the past month. And these are just the ones who admit it. During the holiday season, toss in a little too much to eat and drink, family gatherings with “loved” ones and financial woes from playing Santa, and these numbers can only get worse.
Some of the problems are due to all the technology and 24/7 access. We work and play until we drop. There is always something on line to catch up on or check out. Added to that are an estimated 50 to 70 million American adults who have sleep or wakefulness disorders.
A lack of sleep is a bigger problem of course than just being tired. People with insomnia …
When we are sleep deprived, our focus, attention, and vigilance drift, making it more difficult to receive information. Without adequate sleep and rest, over-worked neurons can no longer function to coordinate information properly, and we lose our ability to access previously learned information.