Infection or Diabetes?
Many people would like to get more sleep, but for a myriad of reasons, they simply don't. The need for adequate sleep goes far beyond simply feeling less tired. To reach and maintain our optimum health, we must be aware of the huge impact sleep has on our well-being and not underestimate the importance of getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night… every night.
There are many, many common, yet serious conditions where sleep or the lack of it can play a dominant factor. In addition to helping the body fight off infection and prevent diabetes, getting adequate sleep has also been associated with a lowered risk of high blood pressure, obesity, stroke and heart disease.
If you’re not getting sufficient sleep, it's not just your health that's affected. Your performance in school and work could suffer as well. You may experience disorientation and decreased alertness. Coffee (or other sources of caffeine) is no substitute for sleep, and while it may temporarily help with fatigue or alertness, it does nothing to prevent the many, many risks associated with not getting enough sleep.
That said, it’s time to prioritize sleep. Go to bed. Night night. Shhhh. ZZZZ.