Losses Attributed to a Loss of Sleep

Mental Fitness

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We all know how a loss of sleep affects the think tank – makes it feel as though it’s running on empty. Not good ‘tall!

Researchers now say that a loss of sleep has been linked to the onset of adult diabetes. When we consistently rob our bodies of the rest it requires, we’re causing it to “tire out.” The experts say that the average person just doesn’t spend enough time sleeping.

They think that our fast paced society is causing people to cut out sleeping hours so they can be productive during that time. However, in the long run, this is counter-productive. The body and mind will eventually suffer from the pace. Apparently the “git er done” mindset is eating away at our rest and relaxation. As if we didn’t already know that!

Another setback of not getting enough sleep is weight gain. According to a study at Eastern Virginia Medical School, people who sleep just 16 fewer minutes per night than the average person are significantly at risk of being overweight. These numbers may not sound terribly impressive, but it adds up to nearly two hours of lost sleep per week. Two hours of complete and total rest is alot!

Researchers calculated that missing two hours of sleep each week is associated with a 10 point increase in body mass index – or the difference between a healthy weight and obesity.

Ironic, when you think of all the proactive things we do for our bodies and minds. We’re hurting ourselves by not being inactive enough.

Make each moment count double (but not during the time you should be sleeping!),
~Joi

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