Quality of sleep could also play a significant role

In our busy society, sleeping is often seen as a waste of time, to the point that sleep deprivation has become normal. While people in the early 1960s got an average of 7 hours to 9 hours of sleep per night, nearly 50% of people today sleep less than 7 hours per night.
Spread out over a year, this lack of sleep robs us of, on average, the equivalent of a month and half of sleep, based on our needs. However, sleep is the part of our life with the most underestimated impact on our health:

  • it allows us to recharge our energy reserves
  • it is important for the stabilization of emotions
  • it allows for the development of memory
  • it is critical for growth in children, as it is during the night that the secretion of growth hormones is at its highest

A recent study suggests that sleep could participate in the prevention of colorectal cancer. People who slept less than six hours per day had a 50% higher incidence of polyps than those who received seven or eight hours per night. A lack of sleep can lead to an increased risk of depressionheart disease and stroke.

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