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Like food, air and water, sleep is a necessity. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep per night for the average adult aged 25-64. Prolonged lack of sleep can cause your body’s systems to fail to function properly, opening the gateway to very real health issues, such as chronic illness, impaired short- and long-term memory, and risk of injury or death due to impaired coordination and cognitive function caused by sleep deprivation. In fact, studies conducted by Harvard Medical School show that sleeping less than five hours a night increases the risk of death from all causes, accidental and physiological, by about 15 percent.
Sleep deprivation affects our bodies much more than just a feeling of tiredness the following day. A lack of sleep can negatively impact your whole lifestyle. Multiple systems within your body suffer effects of sleep deprivation ranging from mild to severe, including:
Other systems in your body, such as the digestive and cardiovascular systems, are also negatively impacted by a lack of sleep. Chronic conditions including obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes have all been linked to sleep deprivation. The simplest course of action to combat the negative effects of sleep deprivation is to incorporate positive lifestyle changes, such as logging more hours of sleep and participating in relaxing activities, into your routine. For more lifestyle advice to help you live a healthier, happier life, contact Family Chiropractic Care today at 360-636-2636 or schedule an appointment