But currently, sleep deprivation is considered a health epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nearly 30% of adults sleep less than six hours a night.
What does this do to your body?
Sleep is a brain function, reminds Shalini Paruthi, MD, associate professor at Saint Louis University and spoxperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. When you don't get enough shuteye, the effects are immediate.
--Your abililty to react quickly slows down.
--You make mistakes. (Under four hours lowers your reaction time to that of a person under the influence--driving sleep-deprived is like driving drunk.)
--Your mood and ability to control your emotions are affected--you are more grouchy and irritable, sad or angry.
--Your heart is affected--those who sleep under six hours a night are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack.
--Your blood sugar levels are affected, resulting in a pre-diabetic condition.
--Your metabolism slows--making it harder to lose weight or keep it off.
--Your appearance suffers. It's not called beauty sleep for nothing. You can have redder eyes, darker under-eye circles, more wrinkles.
--Your love life will suffer. More fights, less sex.
Sooo--turn off those blue screens and check out. You are excused for seven hours.