Sleep Facts That May Inspire You to “Get more zzzzs!”

Posted 02/11/2015 | By HealthCorps

Skimping on sleep is now considered a poor health habit. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. Fall short, and you may be instigating inflammation in your body (a risk factor for chronic diseases) and you may be directly raising risk of obesity, diabetes, cognitive impairment, and a deficient immune system.

Other sleep facts:

  • Insufficient sleep (less than 6 hours) can impact over 700 genes in your body.
  • In 2011, Harvard researchers estimated that sleep deprivation cost U.S. companies $63.2 billion in lost worker productivity.
  • Sleep deprivation may raise the risk of hypertension.
  • People, who regularly sleep less than 7 hours nightly, are 3 times more likely to catch a cold.
  • Sleeping less than 5 hours regularly raises overall mortality risk from all causes, by roughly 15%.

(Source: IDEA Fitness Journal, January 2015)

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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