You’ve probably heard the warnings: Don’t drive or operate heavy machinery when you’re tired. You know the results could be serious. Possibly even deadly. But did you know that not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and obesity?
And experts say lack of sleep can:
• Hamper decision making, problem solving and learning skills
• Affect your emotional well-being
• Make you more prone to mood swings, anger or depression
By contrast, if you’re getting enough sleep, you’re more likely to feel healthier, both physically and emotionally.
How much sleep do you need?
Studies show that adults need between seven to eight hours of sleep regularly. Babies, young children and teens need even more. Making up for lost sleep on days off or by napping won’t help.
Look up Your Guide to Healthy Sleep from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.