How Sleep Affects Your Health

1195 WordsApr 28, 20175 Pages
Sleep is one of the most important things for your body and helps you sustain good physical and mental health, improved quality of life, and safety. Not only does slumber affect your health but it helps your brain work properly. Getting enough shut-eye also raises or decreases how well you think, work, react, work, learn, and interact with others (nih.gov). Everyone should make sure that they get enough sleep, but the recommended hours vary in each age group. People usually believe that while we are sleeping our body shuts down, but it does exactly the opposite. Sleep is a time when processing, restoration, and strengthening are occurring in our brain and the rest of our body. Our bodies need sleep in order to heal and grow; not sleeping…show more content…
Sleep deprivation has also been linked to accidental death because according to Harvard Medical School, studies show that sleeping less than 5 hours a night increases the risk of death from all causes by about 15 percent (Pietrangelo). Something else that can be a side effect of lack of sleep is sleepwalking. "Sleepwalking, formally known as somnambulism, is a behavior disorder that originates during deep sleep and results in walking or performing other complex behaviors while asleep" (sleepfoundation.org). This usually happens in children but can take place in adults as well. Sleepwalkers are usually hard to wake up and most likely won 't remember what happened or where they went. While in a deep sleep you might walk but you could also sit up and bed and look around, walk around your house, leaving the house, and maybe even partaking in a midnight drive. Sleepwalking can be dangerous but there aren 't any simple ways to cure this but speaking to your doctor would be the best first step into ensuring yours and others safety. Not only is your health and behaviors affected but the lack of sleep can lead to micro-sleep, short moments of sleep when you are still awake, which are uncontrollable and can be very dangerous. Micro-sleep can occur at
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