People are getting less and less sleep these days and is starting to become a health epidemic.
Work days are getting longer, commutes are getting longer, and the pile of family obligations never seems to stop growing.
People are more stressed today, despite having a better standard of living than a century ago.
Why is that?
People are pushing themselves more and more and sleeping less and less. Late night television, mobile phones, and stress are the biggest factors in keeping people awake longer. Couple that with a super early start because of a long commute, and you can see how people are becoming starved for sleep.
Lack of sleep over the long term can lead to a host of health problems. From cardiovascular disease to high blood pressure to increased stress, not getting enough sleep can lead to life-threatening health problems if left unchecked.
Lack of sleep can also cause more accidents on the road and in the workplace. Dave Leads of FIT Physiotherapy, a physiotherapy clinic in Newmarket Ontario, says that many of the accidents they treat are the result of sleep deprivation. It is difficult to concentrate when you have a lack of sleep and it’s easy to lose focus and injure yourself when you aren’t getting enough sleep.
For your health’s sake, create a plan to get to bed early, and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Your health depends on it.
The infographic below explains a host of health conditions that can arise from a lack of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation also has a wealth of information when it comes to getting more rest.