Thursday, 25 April 2019

The Health Hazards Of Sleeplessness

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Have you ever tried to stay without sleeping for one night? I hope you remember how you felt the next day uh? You found yourself sleepy and dull.
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That is what happens when you stay up the without sleeping. You might just wonder, why must we sleep? What are the health benefits of sleeping? And what will happen to me if I don't sleep?

These and more are what is to  discussed in this article today. Before we dive deep into the article, we should first know the meaning and significance of sleep.

What  Is The Meaning Of Sleep?


According to Wikipedia, sleep is a naturally recurring state of mind and body, characterized by altered consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles, and reduced interactions with surroundings.

This simply means a total staate of rest which always comes to you again and again. Sleep will affect your consciousness and all your voluntary muscles and will reduce your interactivity with happening in your surroundings.

What Are The Importance Of Sleep?


Have you ever wondered why you do sleep? Sleep is important for a number of things in the body. The functions of sleep can range from mental to physical health.

Examples of the mental functions of sleep includes

 • Sleep will enhance your memory: Various researches has proven that people who get enough sleep will do a great good to your memory and makes you learn faster.
 • Sleep will make you stay alert: Quality sleep will make you stay alert and engaged.
 • Sleep will help to control your mood: Controlling your emotions had never been easier with quality sleep. It will help you stay organised and happy, and you 'll feel moody without it.

And examples of the physical benefits include;

 • It can help you maintain a healthy weight: Sleeping will control your weight and a healthy weight fights diseases like diabetes in the body. So, indirectly, sleeping helps to fight diabetes, lol.
 • It helps your immune system stay strong: Adequate sleep will help your body's immune system stay strong and highly resistant to illnesses.
 • Your body automatically repairs cells and tissues while you sleep: This will make you wake healthier than you slept. The weak cells in your body are automatically repaired as you sleep.

The Disadvantages Of Too Much Sleep.

As there is a lot of importance attached to good sleep, not all sleeping practices are good and there are times when too much sleep occurs. This is also attributed to some disadvantages which are to be discussed in this unit.

Excessive sleep is also known as hypersomnia. Hypersomnia is the health condition where the body gets insufficient sleep due to many factors. Some of the many causes of hypersomnia include;

  • Alcoholism and smoking.
  • Depression.
  • Some medications intended to cure some diseases may end up causing hypersomnia.
  • Laziness and sedentary lifestyle, etc.
As already guessed, hypersomnia has it's own side effects and disadvantages. Healthie compiled a list of the disadvantages of hypersomnia which are listed as follows.

  1. Heart disease: Several studies has linked excessive sleep to heart disease.
  2. Obesity: Sometimes, excessive sleep can be indulgence and indulgence (or sedentary lifestyle) will make you fat and obese.
  3. Diabetes: Diabetes is also caused as a result of inactivity, and oversleeping is inactivity.
  4. Physical pains: Hypersomnia will make you stay in a static posture for a long time. This.will probably cause basic health problems such as headaches and backaches.
  5. Death: This is the worst of all side effects and it may happen as a result of the mixture of all other side effects.

Another question that comes to mind after seeing the disadvantages of excessive sleep is "how do I know how long to sleep", so, we will quickly answer this and proceed.

How Long Should I Sleep?


There is no specific length of time defined for sleeping as there are are individual requirements for each and every body. However, there are recommendations by medical professionals which are as follows.

Babies should sleep for at least fifteen to eighteen hours a day. However, the requirements for teens and growing children are lower at about 7-9 hours daily. This number will reduce gradually as one grows older as people older than sixty can't sleep for longer than 6.5 hours a day.


That treated, the next and the last on our list for today is The Health Effects Of Sleepness.

What Are The Effects Of Sleeplessness?


Sleeplessness also known as insomnia has many health hazards the condition itself is an illness. The health hazards of insomnia as compiled by healthie.com.ng are just as the same as that of too much sleep which includes diabetes, body pains, etc.

In addition to that, insomnia can also cause some other issues such as difficulty in concentration, learning issues, memory difficulties, etc.


Conclusion: Get enough sleep, schedule your sleep and beware of catarrh and cough syrups. Stay healthie, forever.

Thanks for reading.

Layemi.

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