Today, we offer a gentle reminder on the importance of sleep, and why it’s important to prioritize the sleep necessary for your body, just like healthy eating and getting enough exercise. It’s a fact that too little sleep is bad for your health, and in this post we take a look at the specific ways in which our bodies are challenged by not getting proper rest.
We need 7-9 hours of sleep a night
While there are many articles around the importance of sleep and recommendations to improve your sleep, the concept above is the generally accepted baseline of any conversation regarding our time in bed.
However, depending on which study you read, anywhere from half of the US population, to 2/3s of all adults in developed nations, are not getting enough sleep. [Jeff Jones, Lydia Saad “In U.S., 40% Get Less Than Recommended Amount of Sleep” Gallup]
There are plenty of reasons for these alarming statistics, but today we want to focus on the effects that too little sleep can have on our minds and bodies.
Let’s take a look at some of the simple physiology that comes from sleep deprivation.
What’s at Stake
On the most basic level, those people who get less than the recommended 7-9 hours per night are more likely to suffer from chronic ailments like obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
- If you’re getting an average of 6 hours of sleep or less a night, your time to physical exhaustion drops by up to 30%.
- Are you an athlete? With that same average, your peak muscular strength, vertical jump height and peak running speed are all diminished. Plus, you’re at a higher risk of injury.
- Are you dieting? If you’re not getting sufficient sleep, 70% of the weight you will lose will come from lean muscle rather than fat. Our bodies become resistant to giving up fat when we haven’t slept enough.
- Want to live a long, healthy life? Insufficient sleep is linked to a growing number of diseases.
[Rogan, Joe, narrator. “Sleep Expert and Neuroscientist Dr. Matthew Walker.” The Joe Rogan Experience.http://podcastnotes.org/2018/04/29/why-we-sleep/ ]
A Clear Way Forward
While the day to day demands of our lives can make for challenging schedules, the science behind too little sleep is clear.
With Oura, you’re no longer guessing about your sleep. You can know, for certain, about the duration, quality and effects of your sleep. Which allows you to make better decisions for your overall health.
From understanding your body temperature trends to finding your optimal bedtime, Oura is designed to help you get the most effective sleep possible.
Talk to any member of our Oura community and you can learn first hand how taking charge of one’s sleep can improve lives.
If you’re interested in learning how you can track and improve your sleep, check out the new Oura ring.