People craft– taking care of yourself

Sleep is absolutely essential for a person’s health and wellbeing, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep. For example, surveys conducted by the NSF (1999-2004) reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders, and 60% of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. Most of those with these problems go undiagnosed and untreated. In addition, more than 40% of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days each month – with 20% reporting problem sleepiness a few days a week or more. I was surprised to know 70% of children experience one or more sleep problems a few nights or more during a week.

Why sleep is important and what happens when you don't get enough

We’re smarter after a good sleep!


6 thoughts on “People craft– taking care of yourself

  1. Dash Hamelton

    True, Kathleen…especially after a long night’s duel with insomnia, when it finally seems that you’re winning and both your eyelids appear to give way and roll down, you realize, with utter distress and unadulterated disgust, that you only have about a couple of hours before that tormentor of an alarm clock goes off!

  2. Janessa Breckenridge

    Dash, when you hit the alarm, does it give you 5 more precious minutes? Those minutes are precious, and then you hear another cacophonous shriek!

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Even after one sleepless night, drowsiness the next day gets in the way of your mental concentration. Since the brain is not rested enough, it will tend to be tired as it did not have enough opportunity to rejuvenate itself.

  4. Without enough sleep, I feel less capable. That’s depression! I don’t eat as healthfully without “beauty sleep.” Grandma was right!
    Risks of cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and diabetes increase when you don’t get to sleep enough as besides your immune system, your endocrine system also gets disrupted, tipping the balance of hormonal secretions and related functions.

  5. We simply age too fast without sleep! When a sleep-deprived body is unable to repair and replace its tissues properly and when the immune system gets weakened leading to various other complications, the cells which are the building blocks of the body wear out faster.
    Time for a nap, ha ha.

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