The Importance of Sleep

October 17, 2017

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The Importance of Sleep
Photo Courtesy: UNH Health & Wellness

Learn Why Getting Enough Sleep Is Such An Important Contributor To Your Overall Health And Wellbeing.

Getting a sufficient amount of sleep is strongly linked to learning, memory, creativity, and problem solving. According to the National Sleep Foundation, young adults (ages 18-25) should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Unfortunately, due to the late nights studying in the library or partying with friends, college students have a difficult time meeting this recommendation.

Continuously not getting a sufficient amount of sleep is known as sleep deprivation. There are a wide variety of effects of sleep deprivation that can impact many areas of life. Some of these effects include:

Mood:

  • Irritability
  • Lack of motivation 
  • Anxiety
  • Symptoms of depression

Performance:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Attention deficits
  • Lack of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Forgetfulness

Health:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

 

In order to stay focused, motivated, energized, happy, and healthy, sleep is crucial! Check out the UNH Health & Wellness website to learn more about the importance of sleep. 

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