Sleep rests the body and mind. Most people require about 8 hours good quality sleep in order to function properly, but for some this does not come easily – issues from the day can spring to mind, lists of jobs that need to be done, appointments that must be made or attended, awkward moments replayed and nonsensical, random thoughts rattle through the mind at a million miles an hour, all becoming a blurry mess which the person is unable to shelve until the following day. Unfortunately, these sleepless nights play a part in the deterioration of a person’s mood, and if it’s prolonged sleep deprivation, then their mental health may also be affected. A lot of people don’t realise that sleep deprivation can also have an effect on physical health. Studies have shown that people who sleep less than 7 hours a day are 30% more likely to be obese than those who sleep for 9 hours or more. I t is believed that the reason for this is because sleep – deprived people have lower levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and more ghrelin (hunger – stimulating hormone). Lack of sleep can also have other effects on your health putting you at risk of serious health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Information obtained through One You NHS site.