4 reasons you need a good nights sleep:
1) Sleep Loss can raise your blood pressure. One lost hour of sleep — one hour less than the recommended eight — increased the odds of developing high blood pressure and average of 37% over five years; skipping two hours raised the blood pressure risk 86%. High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke or kidney failure.
2) Sleep Loss can lead to diabetes. People who sleep less than six hours a night appear to have a higher risk of developing impaired fasting glucose — a condition that can precede type 2 diabetes.
3) Sleep loss can make you fat. Several recent studies have confirmed that there is a link between lost sleep and weight gain. In one study, participants who slept six hours per night were 27% more likely to become obese than those sleeping seven to nine hours; people getting five hours of sleep per night were 73% more likely to become obese; and those with only two to four hours of sleep per night were 67% more likely to become obese.
4) Sleep loss can make you vulnerable to cancer. One study showed that even when people take preventative actions that have been proven to lower cancer risks (such as exercising and eating right), inadequate sleep seems to counteract those benefits.
The article explains more research is underway on the health risks associated with sleeping poorly. Meanwhile, remember a comfortable bed can help you get the shut-eye you need to stay healthy.