A good night’s sleep helps us feel better, so why is it that many of us are depriving ourselves of it? Lack of sleep can lead to serious mental and physical health problems. Some of them include high blood pressure, impaired concentration, increased risk for certain cancers, and weight gain.
According to Live Science, “a 2010 review by University of Rochester researchers found that people who persistently get less sleep are more likely to be in traffic accidents, have higher rates of missed work days, are less satisfied with their jobs and are more likely to get easily irritated.”
Overtime, lack of sleep can contribute to depression; it “disrupts our neurotransmitters, noradrenaline, and dopamine levels,” Connie Rogers, Certified Integrative Nutritional Holistic Health Coach, says. It has also been proven that insomnia has the strongest link to depression. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “the relationship between sleep and depressive illness is complex – depression may cause sleep problems and sleep problems may cause or contribute to depressive disorders.”