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Why You Need 7-9 Hours of Sleep

By Stepy Kamei

You've probably heard the reasons why you need 7-9 hours of sleep, but have you stopped to consider why this is the case? Numerous studies have revealed that a lack of sleep can have quite a few damaging impacts on many aspects of your health and wellness. If you're still not convinced, you may want to keep on reading to see why pushing yourself to get by on only a few hours of sleep each night could have negative consequences in the long run.

Difficulty Concentrating 

Have you ever noticed how much slower you seem to move and think on days you don't get enough sleep? That's because one of the most immediate consequences of lack of sleep is a flare-up of cognitive issues. Aspects from focus to decision-making to problem solving are all noticeably reduced. The idea of "brain fog" is very real, and it can hurt everything from your commute to your productivity at work. Even after just one night of poor sleep, you can experience these cognitive problems. Therefore, you can see how consistent lack of sleep can be very damaging to your focus and productivity in the long run.

Physical Health Issues

One of the most significant problems that comes with a lack of sleep is a lowered immune system. If your immune system isn't in tip-top shape, you have a much higher chance of getting sick. What's more, you may be more prone to developing headaches, inflammation in the joints, and muscle pain and soreness. When it comes down to it, when you sleep better, you tend to feel better overall.

Long-Term Risks Increase

You've probably experienced some degree of the first two issues firsthand, since they tend to happen so acutely even after just one night of poor sleep. However, you may still be unaware of the risks to your long-term health. As it turns out, studies have shown that a lack of proper sleep over time can lead to an increase in the development of ailments later on such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, and dementia. Improper sleep is also linked to higher rates of many types of cancers.

These examples don't even cover the whole spectrum of the many ways in which poor sleep can damage your health. However, hopefully even just these few tidbits of helpful information can help convince you to make sleep a priority in your wellness routine.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sandy Springs, Ga.

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