International World Sleep Day is celebrated every year on March 18th, so we thought today is a great opportunity to share some thoughts about why this day is so important. Everyone spends around one third of their life sleeping, so it should be something we all know a lot about, right? Doing something everyday for this long should have taught us a thing or two, but research shows that the majority of people suffer from some form of sleep deprivation whether that is a lack of sleep, the quality of sleep, or something else. Here we’ll share you some very interesting facts about sleep and why it’s so important:
- After multiple nights of sleep restriction, there is a progressive reduction in sustained attention and speed of processing of information. Sleep more!
- 75% of adolescents in the US sleep less than 8 hours! The recommended sleep is 7-9 hours per night, try to get that every night
- 6 hours of sleep for 14 nights or total sleep deprivation for 2 nights has the SAME decreased attention effect!
- In simulated real-world scenarios, experimentally induced sleep deprivation has shown to increase risk-taking in adults.
- Individuals getting better quality of sleep are perceived to appear more: attractive, alert, youthful.
- The three elements of a good quality sleep: Depth (sleep is deep enough to be restorative), duration (length of sleep), continuity (sleep without interruptions)
- Just ONE night of poor-quality sleep negatively impacts: attention span, memory recall and learning ability
- A number of population-based studies involving more than 500,000 adults and 28,000 children have identified an important, yet fixable, risk factor for obesity: short sleep duration
- What do studies suggest has the greatest impact on quality of life and daytime functioning? Quality of sleep and quantity of sleep
- The economic cost of insufficient sleep among the working population in the US is $411 billion per year
- 2 billion people are estimated to be living with insomnia
Hope you enjoyed these facts and learned something about sleep!
Sleep Better :)