Sleep, like proper nutrition and physical activity, is important in a person’s overall health and well-being. Poor sleep can cause daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and decreased mood and has been shown to result in poor health outcomes. Getting 6 or fewer hours of sleep each night may also provoke an increased appetite leading to the risk of weight gain and, in the longer term, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Sleep loss and untreated sleep disorders can also have a negative effect on your mental health, resulting in anxiety, depression, and irritability as well as problems with family and other relationships. Fatigue and sleepiness can reduce your ability to be productive and increase the chances for accidents, such as medical errors, motor vehicle accidents, or injuries related to work.
Adequate sleep is necessary to fight off infection, support how the body processes sugar to prevent type 2 diabetes, perform well in school, and work effectively and safely. It is recommended that adults get 7 hours of sleep per night.
Snoring is often associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA affects about 18 million Americans and risk factors include: being male, overweight, smoking, and over the age of 40; but, sleep apnea can affect almost anyone. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, memory problems, weight gain, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart attack.
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Modifying eating habits can contribute to a good night's rest.