New Delhi: Stress has several side effects for health and most people rarely realise how it takes a toll on sleep, the one way to get rest and rejuvenate. Sleep is often deemed to be inversely proportional to hard work – the less one sleeps, the harder one is believed to work. But it is not known to many that not getting ample rest in a day can not only result in fatigue and burnout but also several other long-term health problems ranging from obesity to diabetes and heart diseases. In this case, what happens when one sleeps only 3-4 hours in a day? Read on to find out.
How much sleep should adults need?
According to several studies, 7-8 hours of sleep in a day is a must for a healthy, disease-free life and this is because ageing brings about a great deal of stress and struggle in life which needs ample rest so that it does not pile on to make matters worse. With age, the brain may tell the body to go to sleep sooner than usual. However, most adults still do not manage to get 8 hours of sleep at a time. Because of this, one fails to feel fresh.
What happens when one fails to get ample sleep?
Sleep takes a toll on the body and mind and because of this, the brain does not go through a proper cycle of deep sleep. This can result in breathing disorders, restless legs and arthritis that could keep one awake. The bladder, too, might start to experience unpleasant symptoms. A weak bladder may also force you to wake up again and again at night thereby disturbing sleep.
Side effects of not getting enough sleep
According to studies and doctors, the side effects of not sleeping for 7-8 hours in a day can result in some severe consequences. These include:
High blood pressure
Early onset of the signs of ageing
Long-term risk of dementia