Getting Too Little Sleep Can Have Major Health Implications as You Get Older

Source: Pixabay
Source: Pixabay

Our busy schedules often inhibit our ability to get a sufficient amount of sleep. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that insufficient sleep had become a public health issue in the United States. For those who insist on placing social, academic and professional obligations as a higher priority, what are the health issues that you may face down the line?

Sleep is important due to its regulatory functions of repairing your body, and a good sleep regimen can contribute to better cognition – memory, reception and recollection after a newly-learned task – the following day. Therefore, sleep deficiency can only be detrimental. Short-term issues include poor decision-making, lack of focus and carelessness. In the long term, sleep deprivation has been linked to chronic issues like heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even strokes. 

Read more: Your Terrible Sleep Habits Are Making You Hungry, Science Says

Source: Giphy

According to the National Sleep Foundationthe ideal number of hours of sleep needed per night depends on your age. Newborn babies, for example, should – and usually do – get 12 to 17 hours of sleep per night.

Source: Giphy

As we grow older, we require fewer hours. The NSF recommends that adults get seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but note that they can squeak by with six without a significant difference other than the morning struggle of dragging yourself out of bed after repeated snoozes on your alarm.

Ironically, by the time we're at retirement age (i.e., without a daily 9-to-5 grind), the recommended hours of sleep becomes less: seven to eight, with a leeway of five to six hours. But with all that free time, why would anyone get out of bed?


Source: Giphy

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Andrew Leung

Andrew was an editorial fellow at Mic. He is based in New York and can be reached at aleungnyc@gmail.com

MORE FROM

8 of the biggest moments from the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March

The biggest Pride event in the world was a sight to behold.

Movement for Black Lives activists disrupt Minneapolis Pride to protest Philando Castile verdict

Protesters reportedly held signs with messages like "No KKKops at Pride."

Protesters reportedly arrested near NYC's Stonewall Inn, Pride March endpoint

The reason for the arrests were not immediately known.

Marchers arrested in Istanbul as Pride parade continues despite cancellation

The organizers' decision to move forward with the previously cancelled march led to clashes with police.

Car slams into Eid celebrants in UK, injuring 6; police say terrorism isn't suspected

Police say they believe an Eid celebrant was behind the wheel of the car that injured six outside a mosque.

Oil truck explodes in Pakistan, killing at least 153

The deadly fire broke out as residents rushed to collect the leaking oil from the overturned tanker.

8 of the biggest moments from the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March

The biggest Pride event in the world was a sight to behold.

Movement for Black Lives activists disrupt Minneapolis Pride to protest Philando Castile verdict

Protesters reportedly held signs with messages like "No KKKops at Pride."

Protesters reportedly arrested near NYC's Stonewall Inn, Pride March endpoint

The reason for the arrests were not immediately known.

Marchers arrested in Istanbul as Pride parade continues despite cancellation

The organizers' decision to move forward with the previously cancelled march led to clashes with police.

Car slams into Eid celebrants in UK, injuring 6; police say terrorism isn't suspected

Police say they believe an Eid celebrant was behind the wheel of the car that injured six outside a mosque.

Oil truck explodes in Pakistan, killing at least 153

The deadly fire broke out as residents rushed to collect the leaking oil from the overturned tanker.