Sleep plays a vital role in the overall physical and mental health of the body. It is impossible to go without sleeping at some point in time and every other creature does it. Although most people are conscious of this, they often treat sleep like it is not a necessary function. Sleep is just as necessary as breathing or eating, and there are in fact many consequences for a lack of sleep. A lack of sleep will often cause low energy levels during the day and create a poor mood and lack of mental acuity. Since the body also uses that time to physically recover and rebuild tissue, a lack of sleep can slow down the healing process for wounds and injuries.
Over time poor sleeping habits can aggravate some mood disorders and psychological problems such as depression or bipolar disorder. Poor sleeping habits has also been linked to heart arrhythmia, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even obesity. It has been estimated that poor sleeping habits have contributed to over $16 billion of healthcare costs related to the aforementioned health problems. Some health problems can actually be alleviated just by getting the proper amount of sleep each night. Poor sleeping habit is also responsible for the epidemic of drowsy driving and the accidents that it has caused. Roughly 17% of all car accidents are caused by drowsy driving.
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