Sleep Deficiency Puts You On High Risk Of Health Diseases
Statistics revealed that Singaporeans are sleep-deprived. The little red dot is reported to be the 3rd most sleep-deprived city in the Asia continent. Juggling with daily demands on our time at work and at home, it is inevitable that stresses can rob us of having a good or sufficient sleep each day.
In a nutshell, being sleep deprived means missing out on the recommended 7 to 9 hours of shut-eye nightly. Without the needed sleep for the body to perform its restorative works, it will cause unforeseen long-term effects and complications on our health.
Insufficient sleep not only affects your day-to-day wellbeing, it weakens your immune functions, impairing your resistance to infections, and contracting inflammations easily.
Essentially, not sleeping enough and not sleeping well is equally critical as both sleep deprivation or deficiency, comes with inherent health threats like heart diseases, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Chronic sleep deprivation or insomnia can put you at higher risk for Cardiovascular diseases (including hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease, and irregular heartbeat), Cerebrovascular disease, Lung disease, Renal disease, Diabetes, Septicemia, Colorectal cancer, and Mental disorder.
Ultimately, insufficient sleep affects life expectancy.
Although quantity and quality of sleep does not guarantee good health, it does help to maintain overall vital functions for the body to perform optimally and recover from the wear and tear of daily life.
Perhaps, some of the current health challenges you may have, including weight gain, depression etc., may be linked to your sleep deficiency.
Try these strategies in changing sleeping habits and adjusting the sleep environment:
- Establish a fixed sleeping time routine: Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, including the weekends.
- Avoid napping in the noon.
- Do not eat 2–3 hours before bedtime. (Otherwise, consider a glass of warm milk.)
- Should you be experiencing difficulty in trying to fall asleep for 20 minutes, get up to do some reading, then try again.
- Exercise during the day regularly to keep active, and perhaps so tired that your body may call you to have an early night.
- Keep the bedroom quiet, dark, and cool. Perhaps, you may consider some soft ambient music to relax.
- Turn off electronic devices and keep them away from the sleeping area.
- Avoid any deep thinking into the night as it will keep your brain active or launch it into an overdrive.
- Limit consumption of caffeine and alcohol, especially close to bedtime.
- Avoid smoking.
REimagined Health: Quality sleep is your best investment to mitigate health risks to stay well and live better.
All information presented herein serves as a general guideline, and is not intended as dispensing any medical advice(s). User(s) should consult their doctor to seek further clarification for any doubt. It is recommended to refer to this guide with sole discretion, thereby we shall not be held responsible for any part of the information as presented.
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