Today’s fast-paced tech-savvy world has gifted us with a lot of things in life. But, one of the most serious consequences of digitalized life is sleep deprivation. Most of us spend at least an hour on our Smartphones before hitting the bed. Of the many reasons for poor sleeping habits, excessive gadget use and stress stand on the top. Whatever the reason be, sleep disorder is not something to ignore. The above infographic clearly shows information about sleep problems in America but it is totally relatable for the rest of the globe as well.
So, what happens to your health if you don’t get enough sleep?
- Blood pressure level increases leading to cardiac and metabolic problems.
- Inflammation increases. As a result, many chronic diseases linked to inflammation may start to set in: asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, certain types of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, heart problems, type 2 diabetes and depression.
- Sleep deprivation affects memory power, attention and decision-making skills.
- Lack of sufficient sleep results in mood swings, irritability, stress, anxiety, anger and mental exhaustion.
- Mortality risk increases by 15%.
- Too little sleep upsets the balance of hormones responsible for energy, appetite, metabolism and glucose processing, thereby leading to higher BMI.
- Sleep deprivation affects overall health and fitness of an individual.
What should you do to get a good night’s sleep?
- Hit your bed at the same time every night.
- Don’t have large meals for dinner.
- Avoid caffeine six hours before bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol before bedtime.
- Ensure your bedroom is dark, quiet and cool.
- Try a relaxing routine an hour before bed.
- Avoid watching the clock when you are in bed.
All the best for a healthy sleep routine!