Insomnia is difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning.
About one-third of the adult population has experienced insomnia at some point, and approximately ten percent experience debilitating side effects such as daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of concentration, or poor memory.
When the body doesn’t get the deep sleep it needs to recharge and rebuild, the immune system can suffer as well.
The mental health charity Mind say that there is a close relationship between sleep and mental health. It can be a cyclical problem as living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health.
On its website, Mind says sleep problems can lead to negative thoughts, feeling depressed or anxious, feelings of loneliness or isolation and can even lead to psychotic episodes.
People who get enough sleep have sharper memories because while we sleep the body flushes out toxins such as beta-amyloid, a protein that is associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Studies have also shown that getting adequate amounts of sleep are associated with a stronger heart. People who get five or less hours of sleep per night have been shown to have increases in blood pressure and inflammation because hormone production and metabolism are interrupted without the proper amounts of rest.
People who get seven to eight hours of restful, quality sleep are proven to have slimmer waistlines too. Brain scans have proven that subjects that get good sleep crave an average of 600 fewer calories than those who are tired and not well-rested.
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