September 6, 2018 | by: jasonmacdonald

Are you getting enough sleep?

One thing I know for sure is that I don’t get enough sleep.  It’s just not in the cards for most morning radio announcers.

While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens need even more. And despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, most older people still need at least 7 hours of sleep.

However, here are some reasons that I am going to try even harder to get the proper amount of sleep:

→ Your memory weakens:  A study found that sleepy test subjects’ neurons responded slowly, fired more weakly, and their transmissions dragged on longer than usual.  (Maybe they were just drunk?)
→ Your mood plummets:  Have you ever gotten a poor night’s rest and woken up feeling agitated and irritable? That’s normal.  The good news is that upon returning to your normal sleep schedule, your mood should improve.
→ You gain weight:    A study showed that women who got 5 hours or less of sleep night gained 2.5 more pounds than those who slept soundly every night, and their risk of becoming obese was 15 percent higher.
→ You have more health risks:  Lack of sleep has been linked to a higher risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart problems.  That can naturally affect your longevity.  (And your mood…see above!)
→ Your immune system weakens:  The immune system becomes compromised, and suddenly you become more susceptible to not only some of the afflictions mentioned earlier, but also to the cold and flu bugs going around.
→ Your skin ages more rapidly:  Poor sleeping habits don’t just affect your body on the inside. People who don’t get enough sleep show increased signs of aging skin, including reduced elasticity, more fine lines, and a reduced ability to heal from sunburns.