Poor sleeping patterns have a major impact on our quality of life, with a negative impact on our:
- physical health
- social relations
- problem solving
If we miss a full night’s sleep our immune system drops by about 25%. If we cut our usual sleeping pattern by two hours a night for a week our performance becomes as inefficient as someone who is over the drink-driving limit. Lack of sleep is also associated with obesity, digestive problems and triggering migraines.
Sleep deprivation is a well-known method of torture. While we can live for a couple of weeks or more without food, total sleep deprivation will kill us in just 10 days – a clear sign sleep is as important in our lives as food.