3. Insufficient sleep wreaks havoc on health, well-being and safety alertness. Researchers from the National Public Health Institute study in Helsinki, Finland and other health experts discovered these problems due to poor sleep as outlined below:
- poor sleep independently triples the likelihood of life dissatisfaction or being unhappy
- sleep deprivation impairs mental alertness and cognitive abilities
- poor sleep impairs the immune system
- poor sleep increases the risk for obesity and diseases such as diabetes
- a strong link between sleep deprivation and traffic accidents
Health experts provide the following advice on what is the right amount of sleep for the different age groups:
- infants generally require about 16 hours a day
- teenagers need, on average, about 9 hours
- for most adults, 7 to 8 hours a night
- some people may need as few as 5 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep each day
Check out the 8 great tips for better sleeping at “Lifestyle from Rogers/Yahoo” blog. (There is no mention of counting sheep : ).
Be sure to consult a medical doctor if your sleeping problems continue.