It seems we’re just too busy for sleep.
Before the onset of 24 hour living, we got a good eight hours every night. Studies have shown that we’re now getting one to two hours less sleep a night than we did 60 years ago. The Sleep Council now put the average at just 6 hours 35 minutes.
Scientists have spotted a link between the ‘blue-light’ emitted from mobile phones and computers and our sleep patterns. Any type of light can prevent us from feeling drowsy, but it’s the blue end of the spectrum that suppresses the production of sleep hormone melatonin. 40% of people surveyed by The Fine Bedding Company admitted that their electronic device was the last they put down before going to sleep. Perhaps it’s time to set a ‘gadget curfew’?
Here are a few more facts about why it’s good to get enough shut-eye
– Sleeping makes you more creative. Our ability to come up with solutions to complex problems is enhanced.
– You’re happier. Our emotions are easier to balance and we deal with stress more easily.
– You’ll stay at a healthy weight. Sleeping for five hours or less a night means you’re 50% more likely to
be obese. Sleep loss increases our ‘hunger’ hormones, and we crave sugary carbohydrates to get us through the day.
Increased levels of glucose in the bloodstream is a fast track ticket to the modern-day malaise Type Two Diabetes.
– You’ll stay fit and well. Lack of sleep suppresses the immune system making you more susceptible to bugs.
It’s also linked to high blood pressure and anxiety.