Most of us know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep; however, many of us do not make it a priority. Burning the candle at both ends and failing to set a regular sleep regimen leave many women feeling the effects of poor sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene simply refers to good sleep habits. There is power in getting proper sleep!
Simply, #TeamNoSleep is not good for our health. Sleep is an essential part of our feminine health. It is recommended that adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Sadly, 60% of women routinely fall short of this recommendation. Here are just some of the effects of poor sleep habits:
1. Mood disorders: Long term sleep debt can lead to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.
2. Diabetes: Some studies suggest that sleeping less than five hours per night increases one’s risk of developing diabetes.
3. Weakened immune system: A prolonged lack of sleep can weaken the immune system making one more susceptible to disease. Lack of sleep can also cause your body to take longer time recovering once already sick.
4. Infertility: Lack of sleep, overtime, can reduce the secretion of certain reproductive hormones making it harder to get pregnant.
5. Decreased sex drive: Who wants to have sex when you’re constantly tired? Not getting enough sleep consistently can lower your desire for sex.
6. Heart disease: Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with an increased heart rate, blood pressure, and higher levels of inflammation contributing to cardiovascular disease.
7. Weight gain: People who sleep less than the recommended amount are more likely to be obese.
8. Premature death: Many car crashes and motor vehicular deaths are associated with drowsy driving and falling asleep while driving.
Are you having trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Contact your healthcare provider to discuss your concerns. You are not healthy unless your sleep habits are healthy.