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In offices, classrooms and coffee shops, people can be heard boasting that they “function well on very little sleep.” Many even brag how they never get more than a few hours of sleep – night after night. Is this a good thing?

The reality is that failure to get an appropriate amount of sleep on a consistent basis may result in significant and even life-threatening issues. Here are some of them…

Major Health Problems

Failing to get an appropriate amount of sleep renders people more vulnerable to a range of issues including…

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Stroke

  • Diabetes

Cognitive Issues

The thinking and learning processes largely depend on a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep hampers a person’s ability to concentrate, reason and solve problems.

In addition, different sleep cycles are needed to consolidate and make sense of memories and information collected during the course of a given day.

In the absence of appropriate sleep, this consolidation cannot occur and a person will not be able to recall or remember what previously was experienced or learned. Of course, this can affect the academic performance of children, if not corrected.

Check out this video, 25 Scary and Surprising Effects of Sleep Deprivation – it might just change your mind about living normally on very little sleep!

Mental Health Problems

A considerable number of people who fail to get a proper amount of sleep end up suffering from depression. In some cases, the depression is persistent and does not readily resolve.

Moreover, a significant sleep deficit over an extended period of time can result in a person actually suffering psychotic symptoms. In other words, a person no longer experiences normal thought processes and endures abnormal perceptions of reality.

Weight Gain

A 2004 research study reported by the Mayo Clinic and other institutions revealed that people who get less than six hours of sleep per night are 30 percent more likely to be obese.

A lack of the appropriate amount of sleep appears to heighten cravings for high-carbohydrate and high-fat foods.

What Can You Do?

Here are some starting points for ensuring you are getting a great night’s sleep…

Number One: Be objective. Don’t kid yourself about your own habits.

Number Two: Ask those around you if, they notice things like restlessness or snoring while you are asleep.

Number 3: If you suspect a sleeping disorder like sleep apnea, visit your dentist, orthodontist, doctor or other practitioner to get tested.

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