Why is Sleep So Important?

To understand why it is so important that you have any type of sleep issue addressed, it is first essential to understand why sleep is so important to your body. Sleep plays a huge role in your physical, emotional, and psychological health. When your body does not receive the amount and quality of sleep that it requires, your entire body suffers. At Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders, Dr. Mitul Patel wants you to understand the links between your health and your sleep so that you can address issues and receive proper treatment. Ignoring any type of sleep issue will only set your body, mind, and heart up for even more dire issues.

During sleep, your body repairs itself. Sleep is directly related to the healing and repairing of your heart and blood vessels. According to the National Heart Institute, “Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.” Sleep is also directly related to your weight, with research proving that those who do not receive an adequate amount of sleep struggle to lose weight and/or maintain a healthy weight. Perhaps no greater evidence exists for how important sleep is other than a baby’s growth and development. Babies sleep a lot in order to grow and develop. Babies who do not sleep well are often categorized as “failure to thrive” because their bodies do not rest well enough to release the hormone that promotes normal growth, cellular repair, and brain development. Adult bodies that have stopped growing also show a lack of development in the area of their immune systems. The immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. Those who do not receive 7-8 hours of sleep per night, every night, more often than not find that fighting off common infections is difficult.

The emotional and psychological well-being of sleep deprived individuals can have a huge impact on their personal and professional lives. Those who do not receive regular, adequate amounts of sleep tend to be angry, impulsive, suffer from severe mood swings and/or depression, have a lack of motivation and attention, and have higher levels of stress. All of these not only affect your emotional health, but they will then trigger your physical health to react to the stressors inside your body. Sleep deficiency has also been directly linked to suicide. Before you blow that off, remember that children and healthy adults do not contemplate suicide. There are serious issues that occur in the emotional and psychological systems that bring people to this point. 

At Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders, we want you to understand just how important sleep is to your entire body. If you are having any type of sleep issue, whether it is “seemingly small” or not, please do not hesitate to call our practice today. Your health, your life, depends on it.

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