The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

A recent article on USA Today reports on the dangers that sleep deprivation can cause for the average consumer. According to the article, a recent study found that sleep deprivation could cause damage to one’s health, as well as lead to irreversible brain loss. Further, according to the CDC, sleep deprivation is associated with a myriad of other health issues including: obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, heart attack, and stroke. The article goes on to discuss the scale of the problem in the US:

CDC data show that 28% of U.S. adults report sleeping six hours or less each night, and that’s just not enough for most people, experts say. It’s no wonder that the CDC calls insufficient sleep “a public health epidemic.”

Sleep is so critical to good health that it should be thought of “as one of the components of a three-legged stool of wellness: nutrition, exercise and sleep,” says Safwan Badr, a past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a sleep expert with Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University.

“The three are synergistic,” he says. “It’s hard to lose weight if you are sleep deprived. It’s hard to eat healthy if you are sleep deprived. It is hard to exercise if you’re tired.”

Based on this information, it is recommended that consumers try to get a full night’s rest whenever possible. Sleep experts suggest that the average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night in order to receive the maximum benefit. In order to ensure this, experts recommend going to bed at the same time every night, having a scheduled time to wake up, limiting caffeine intake in the afternoon, limiting alcohol, and exercising regularly. This will allow for the consumer to avoid some of the health risks associated with sleep deprivation.

 

Read More- “If you don’t snooze, you lose, health experts say” (Nanci Hellmich, USA Today)

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A rising senior at Colgate University, John is currently working as a research fellow with Consumers' Research.

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