How important is sleep? Sleep has a very important role in our lives and without it our health suffers.
Why do we need sleep?
During sleep, our bodies process and store information from the day before and solidify memories. As we go through life, we are bombarded by a lot of information and it's during sleep that we organize and commit much of it to long-term memory.
We require long periods of sleep to rebuild, repair and restore muscle and other tissue and to synthesize hormones. Because young children learn so much during their earliest years, like language and other life skills needed to survive, it is likely that they require the most sleep.
Guidelines for adequate sleep by age group*
*National Sleep Foundation
What happens when we don't get enough sleep
Lack of sleep can increase your risk for many health issues. High blood pressure is linked to a lack of adequate, deep, restorative sleep.
Is this why you're always hungry?
When you are overtired, you more likely will overeat and succumb to cravings. This happens because your hunger hormones, leptin and ghrelin are not working properly. When you are overtired, your ghrelin levels are elevated causing you to feel hungry while your leptin levels are low, causing you to not feel satisfied or full after eating. Additionally, your metabolism is negatively impacted by a lack of sleep and could contribute to the development or the exacerbation of diabetes.
Can't we do better for our teens?
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