Most people need seven to eight, sometimes more, hours of sleep to function optimally. A lack of sleep has been linked to a wide variety of health problems.
One problem that results from getting inadequate sleep is weight gain. When you do not get enough sleep your appetite-inducing hormone, ghrelin, is increased causing you to eat more. The later you stay up the more food you will naturally consume leading to weight gain.
Another problem with a reduced amount of sleep is the inability to think clearly that leads to an increase in the number of accidents seen on the road and at home, especially during this time of year. Depression also results from insomnia and sleep apnea.
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, decreased immune function, cardiovascular and heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer can all result from prolonged sleep deprivation as it compromises your immune system and your body’s ability to function optimally. It is important to prioritize sleep in order to have a balanced holiday and live a healthy life.