A new survey by the National Sleep Foundation in America found that 34 per cent of adults believe sleepiness interferes with their daytime activities.
The study was commissioned to emphasise the impact a lack of sleep has on our daily routines as well as on our health. A major concern in America and elsewhere is how often sleep is sacrificed and how often it is regarded as being unimportant.
Alexander tzouanakis, sleep medicine specialist in Lexington, US, told The Herald-Leader his patients often say "Sure, I'm sleepy if I'm not doing anything, but I stay busy and don't notice it."
His response is: “that's like not drinking water and then having to concentrate on something else so you won't notice you're thirsty.”
Sleep is something that can be overcome by battling through the symptoms of drowsiness and grogginess throughout the day. Many people seem to assume that if we get less sleep then we can accomplish more, but this is a complete misnomer, and those who are sacrificing sleep to perform other tasks may be at risk from health conditions.
In the poll, 23 per cent of people polled admitted to falling asleep while driving in the past year. Furthermore, 24,000 people die each year in accidents caused directly or in part by falling asleep at the wheel.
As well as this, a lack of sleep can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes and even heart conditions. Many people also find themselves overweight when they don’t factor enough sleep into their lifestyles, which in turn leads to more health problems, creating a vicious cycle.
In order to remedy this, look to change your lifestyle when it comes to sleep, and treat it as an important element of your daily routine. This includes setting enough time aside to do it (eight hours or more), and relaxing before you get off to bed.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes