In the blog post ‘Eat Well to Work Well by Kristen Metsch, she mentioned some of the things that people need to eat in order to function well in the office. The article also discussed the many variables that tend to affect the way people sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need to sleep at least 8 hours a day. However, just how many adults follow this important tip? Not a lot, unfortunately, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has a study to back it up. They state that one in three American adults, or 33% of the entire U.S. adult population, is not getting enough sleep.

Sometimes, people wait until it’s too late before they actually start following these important medical tips. So here are some quick health facts that you may want to check from time to time if you keep losing out on sleep.

You become prone to cancer

According to another study by the AASM, people who don’t get enough sleep have higher chances of getting colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer. In the study researchers found that those who sleep more than 7 hours per day had better mortality rates.

If you’re finding it hard to sleep, you can try eating foods that have natural sleep inducing effects. Bananas and almonds are two of the best types of food that you can eat before sleeping.

You forget things easily

Not only will a lack of sleep make you forgetful but it will also affect your learning abilities. This is why it is never advisable for you to cram in work late at night because sleep is a vital part of consolidating the things you have learnt during the day.

If it is necessary to use technology to read things at night, you may want to consider using a light that’s friendly to the eyes. Leesa recently published a blog post about Apple’s newest iPhone feature called “The Night Shift,” which seems to be a viable solution to insomnia. The idea behind Apple’s new iPhone feature is that it gradually turns the iPhone from blue-based colors to warmer tones. There’s scientific evidence from Harvard that blue-tinted light from electronic devices mimics sunlight, therefore suppressing the production of sleep-inducing hormones. Hopefully, all smartphones will have something similar to the iPhone’s Night Shift in the future so that people whose lives revolve around technology can sleep better at night.

You gain weight

It may sound surprising but a lack of sleep makes people gain more weight. In an article published by Springer, it was revealed that people who sleep less than five hours each night over the course of 3 years were likely to gain weight, and eventually become obese. Those who slept between 7 – 8 hours had better results based on the scale.

In the U.S., obesity is already a problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35.7% of American adults, as well as 17% of kids, are already obese. One key reason for this could be due to not sleeping the recommended amount.

The saying “sleep is important” may be a cliché but it’s a cliché that everyone needs in their life. People not only get healthier with enough sleep but they also make better life decisions.


Sandra G. Malhotra is the Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Regenerate Magazine. She is just a little bit passionate about health and wellness being our birthright.