Everyone person sleeps differently. Someone can easily fall asleep and sleep soundly throughout the night, while someone can’t fall asleep until the very morning.
Without a doubt, insomnia is the worst disorder we can suffer from at night. If it becomes chronic, it can lead to very serious health problems. That is why healthy sleep is extremely important for our bodies.
And remember that constant lack of sleep can pose a threat to your health. Never limit yourself exclusively to classic sleeping pills or benzodiazepines, as sometimes a simple change in daily habits or diet can bring wonderful results.
1. Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain
Our body stops filtering toxins properly, the liver cannot clean itself effectively and this leads to gradual weight gain.
However, the simple habit of going to bed at the same time every night and getting at least 6-8 hours of rest is a great gift we can give to our health. And it will also help us lose weight!
2. How many hours should you sleep every night?
In general, it depends on each person. Some people need 9 hours of sleep to feel good in the morning; other people only need 6 hours. However, it is important to remember:
- You should not sleep less than 6 hours.
- Ideal for adequate rest – at least 5 uninterrupted hours of sleep.
- If you are an adult, it is not recommended to sleep more than 11 hours (unless you need to compensate for many hours without sleep). If you sleep more than 11 hours, you may experience the opposite effect, meaning you may wake up tired.
3. Lack of sleep can lead to bone loss
Sleep deprivation and sleep apnea are linked to osteoporosis.
Why? Due to sleep apnea, our body receives less oxygen, inflammation occurs, and, as a result, metabolism changes. All this affects bone mass.
4. Lack of sleep can cause dementia
In this case, it is also worth adding sleep apnea to insomnia, which can increase the risk of this disorder. The constant lack of oxygen at night directly affects the health of the brain, producing small mini-strokes that sooner or later lead to dementia. This is very dangerous.
Remember, it is vital to consult your doctor if you suffer from sleep apnea.
5. Physical activity
Even a simple walk for 15 minutes after dinner will help you not only sleep well but sleep for extra hours in a row. Therefore, do not be lazy to do moderate exercises every day. It’s worth it!
6. Benefits of napping
Within 15-20 minutes of a nap, you can compensate for the loss of night sleep.
7. Benefits of yoga or meditation
According to experts, usually, people aged 50 and older suffer from insomnia. Doing certain exercises every day has a very positive effect on everyone, especially older people.
If you’re willing to try yoga, for example, you’ll learn how to achieve much deeper sleep and improve other areas of your life in the future.
8. Insomnia overloads our brain
9. Insomnia impairs memory
Your brain needs a good night’s sleep to organize, sort, and record information and memories. If this does not happen, if you have a sleepless night, the brain cannot perform these functions.
Little by little, you will notice that it is harder for you to remember information, for example, you forget meetings, conversations, dates…
Sleep is so important!
10. During the night we experience real “brainwashing”
The function of the cerebrospinal fluid is to remove all waste products produced by the cells during the day. But if we do not get enough sleep, this function cannot be performed and we will suffer from the accumulation of toxins in the brain.
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