According to health.gov, most adults need 7 - 8 hours of good sleep on a regular schedule. Poor sleep can drive insulin resistance, as well as disrupt appetite hormones and of course reduce your physical and mental performance.
Short sleep duration is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity. The effect of sleep on weight gain is believed to be mediated by numerous factors such as: hormones and even motivation to exercise. Some studies suggest that people with good quality sleep tend to eat fewer calories.
Sleep is crucial for various aspects of brain function which includes cognition, concentration, productivity and performance.
You may be lacking good sleep if:
- Have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning
- Feel sluggish in the afternoon
- Get drowsy after meals
Effects of sleep deprivation may lead to:
- Fatigue and lack of motivation
- Moodiness and depression
- Having hard time learning and concentrating
- Impaired motor skills
- Increased risk of health problems
Tips on how to sleep better:
- Maintain sleep schedule - go to bed and wake up at the same time daily.
- Avoid afternoon naps
- Exercise daily
- Take Melatonin supplement
- Go for a small walk