Sleep Is An Essential Requirement For Physical And Mental Health

1211 Words Nov 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Sleep is an essential requirement for physical and mental health. The National Sleep Foundation states that an average adult should get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, almost one-third of normal young adults sleep less than six and a half hours each night (Bonnet, 1995, p. 909). The specific number of hours needed of sleep per night varies from person to person; however, our brains do require a restful night’s sleep to properly perform throughout the day. Lack of sleep can be brought on by many things, mostly messing with the circadian rhythm and more than anything stress. The psychological impact of sleep loss tremendously affects a person raising their stress levels and reducing health, ultimately affecting society as a whole.
To begin, stress is a major cause of sleep loss, occasionally resulting in temporary or situational insomnia. Although estimates very, about one out of three people occasionally experience transient insomnia lasting one or two nights to a couple of weeks. About one out of ten adults experience chronic insomnia at least three nights each week for a month or longer (Mahowald & Schenck, 2005; National Sleep Foundation, 2005). An adult suffering from insomnia is unable to fall asleep and/or stay asleep throughout the night, the next morning they feel tired and drained. The best way to help overcome insomnia is to reduce the amount of stress and incorporate daily exercise into your routine.
Accordingly, sleep loss can…

Related Documents