Research shows that in every five of us, two suffer from poor sleep and sleep deprivation. However, the cost of all these sleepless nights is more than just crankiness, mood swings and lack of focus. Sleep deprivation is much more of a grave condition than it is perceived by most people. Here’s a few reasons on why sleep deprivation will actually get you killed before your time comes.
● Lack of sleep means poor immunity.
Wondering why you're constantly catching a flu? Your sleeping habits could be the problem. Prolonged lack of sleep can weaken your immune system therefore, the body obtains more affinity to illnesses and diseases. This means that the more you get sleep deprived, the less your body is able to fight diseases, which means more illnesses and eventually death.
● Increased road accidents
Studies have shown that 20% of road accidents every year happen due to driver’s fatigue. A third of these drivers actually confessed to having fallen asleep on the wheel. This is due to their sleep deprived state. When a person does not get an adequate amount of sleep, their ability to function is affected. Sleep deprivation has been proven to affect driving ability mainly in four areas . It impairs coordination, causes longer reaction times, It impairs judgment, memory and the ability to retain information. These are factors that may end up causing grave accidents.
● Sleep deprivation causes heart failure
People who don't get enough sleep are at higher risk of contracting heart related diseases and heart failure. This is because without long, deep periods of rest, certain chemicals are activated that keep the body from lowering the heart rate and blood pressure. Over time, this can lead to higher blood pressure during the day and a greater chance of heart problems and attacks. Getting enough good quality sleep is important if you want to lower your risk of these conditions.
All said and done, let’s make a point to get a good and comfortable mattress that will facilitate that we get enough quality rest. Getting quality sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health.