Losing sleep can do a lot more damage than just making you unpleasant in the morning. The average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep every night for optimal functionality. Making a habit of only getting four or five hours a night takes a huge toll on health and can also be very dangerous.

We’ve all heard that driving will sleep deprived is just as bad as driving drunk; fatigue factors into hundreds of thousands of car crashes every year. In fact, some of the worst disasters could have been avoided if not for lack of sleep. The nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in 1979 was due to human error, and experts believe that sleep deprivation was a significant factor in shift worker’s negligence. Later in 1989 the Exxon Valdex oil spill, third mate Gregory Cousins was allegedly sleeping at the helm after working a 22-hour shift.

Long term effects of not getting enough sleep can lead to a wide array of problems, mental, physical, and emotional. People who don’t get enough sleep generally have high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, and suffer from memory loss. Those who don’t get their eight hours of sleep from insomnia are five times more likely to suffer with depression.

How much sleep do you get every night and is it enough? Check out the infographic below to learn more about how losing sleep could be damaging your health.

Sleep and Health
Source: MPHOnline.org


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