How Lack of Sleep Affects the Human Body

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Sleep is as essential to the body as the food we eat, the air we breathe, and water we drink, it’s a vital necessity for human survival. Due to our spending 1/3 of our life sleeping, more than anything else, clearly indicates the importance of sleep to the human body. A good night’s sleep helps to restore energy you expend during the day, the brain is actively working while you sleep to create new pathways for areas such as learning, memories and new insights, helps your body to fight off common infections by releasing key hormones while you sleep and gives your heart and vascular system a rest by reducing your heart rate and blood pressure. Yet, sometimes we may experience difficulty in sleeping for various reasons such as the pressure we deal with at work, family responsibilities, health problems and age. Regular and restful sleep is essential for good health. Sleep helps you feel less stressed and even helps you to maintain a healthy diet. Both parents and childrenoften lead very busy and stressful lives. Everyday activities such as going to work and/or class, working out, or working on a computer can strain your mind and body. With today’s economy, we have the responsibility of ensuring we can keep a roof over our family’s head, food to eat and paying the utility bills is enough to stress keep you out. I too suffer, at times, from insomnia or just can’t fallasleep due to the above-mentioned reasons, I found a few things that helps me get a good night’s sleep, i.e., not drinking coffee, relaxingby reading a good book or taking a hot bath before bedtime which relaxes your body and mind from any stresseswe encounter during the course of the day. Stress not only makes you miserable, it wreaks havoc on your sleep. Avoid alcohol as a sleep aid. Alcohol may initially help you fall asleep, but it also causes disturbances in sleep resulting in less restful sleep. Go to bed and wake up as close as possible to the same time every day....
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