6 Reasons Why You Should Prioritize Your Sleep

April 23, 2018 ,

4) Accidents on the road

A lack of sleep is associated with a higher risk of being involved in a car accident. According to an analysis by the United States Traffic Safety Foundation, if you drive a car when you have slept less than five hours, you are 4.3 times more likely to be involved in a traffic accident. If you drive after only sleeping four hours, you are 11.5 times more likely to be involved in a car accident.

5) Hormonal health

A lack of sleep can affect growth in children and adolescents. Insufficient sleep may also affect fertility in men. According to a study published in 2013 in the American Journal of Epidemiology, men who do not sleep enough or who do not have enough quality sleep would have a sperm count of 29% less than those who regularly spend a good night’s sleep.

6) Sports performance

Insufficient sleep is associated with a decrease in athletic performance. Research indicates that a lack of sleep in athletes is associated with a lack of energy, poor post-workout recovery, a weakened immune system, increased risk of injury, and a lack of concentration during sports. A lack of sleep can also reduce the production of glycogen (which is the energy stores used during exercise) and muscle synthesis (building and repairing muscles).


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Author

Kathryn Adel
Kathryn completed degrees in kinesiology and nutrition, as well as a Masters in Sports Nutrition. She is a member of OPDQ and of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She ran track and cross-country at a national level. Kathryn specializes in sports nutrition, weight loss, diabetes, as well as heart and gastrointestinal health. Kathryn is experienced with the low FODMAP diet and she completed the Monash University low FODMAP dietitian's training.

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