The Effects Of Lack Of Sleep

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“[L]ack of sleep may be contributing to the epidemic of obesity in this country through the work of a hormone called leptin that tells your brain when you 're full” (Finkelstein). Sleep deprivation is becoming a common trend in the United States because of jobs, sleep disorders, school, electronics and busy schedules. A vital part of life is sleep; however, people limit the amount of sleep they get and in return set themselves up for harm. Lack of sleep not only affects adults, but also affects youth and children. People of all ages are operating on only a few hours of sleep each day. Sleep may not seem like a very important part of life but without sleep the body and mind deteriorate. Lack of sleep adversely affects the way the body functions. The brain functions very differently when sleep is limited. Scientists recently found that lack of sleep can shrink the brain (Willingham). Thirty-five percent of people that did not sleep well showed signs of a smaller brain size. People over the age of sixty showed an even smaller sized brain. The smaller brain size could result in memory loss diseases. Dementia and Alzheimer’s have been found to be caused by bad …show more content…
Getting the right amount of sleep can improve health and keep people alert. Sleep is very important to every creature and should be used to keep all creatures healthy and sane. Lack of sleep is detrimental to all parts of the body. Along with exercise and healthy eating, sleep is one of the three important parts of everybody’s life. Good sleep habits include adults getting six and a half to seven and a half hours of sleep, avoiding caffeine to aid in staying awake, and a comfortable, dark, cool place to sleep (Melnick). Getting into a routine also aids in getting the amount of sleep needed. Putting electronics away long before a person’s bedtime routine helps the brain slowly unwind and be ready to dream. Lack of sleep hurts more than it

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