Sleep is necessary for overall health and well-being. Most of us know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, yet about 40 percent of adults suffer insomnia. The Center of Disease Control has called lack of sleep as a public epidemic.
For many of us who have sleep deprivation, please know that this can cause issues like weight gain, hypertension, high blood pressure, loss of memory, stroke, heart diseases and many more other chronic illness.
Insufficient sleep is also responsible for motor vehicle and machine-related crashes, causing substantial injury and disability each year.
So, more sleep must be better right? No, say some researchers. They say more evidence is showing that spending an excess amount of time in bed is also linked with health hazards.
In some ways, oversleeping itself appears to directly influence certain risk factors, and in other cases, it may be a symptom of other medical condition
Research links longer sleep habits with cognitive impairment, depression, Impaired fertility, higher risk of obesity, higher risk of diabetes, higher risk of heart disease and higher risk of stroke.
So it’s important to make sleep our priority. Here’s how much sleep you need, according to your age by the National Sleep Foundation: