Lack Of Sleep is Bad for Your Brain and Heart
For decades, research has shown us that getting enough sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health. Allowing your body time to rest lets your brain and heart recover from the physical and mental stress of your day. Without that rest, your whole body will suffer. Your 30s bring lots of new stressors and life changes that make it difficult to get enough sleep, including demanding jobs, children, and greater financial responsibilities. So, it’s no surprise that getting deep, restorative sleep becomes harder as you age.
Research shows that with each decade, the most restful stage of sleep (non-rapid eye movement sleep) decreases by 2 percent. What happens if you don’t get enough sleep in your 30s? You’ll have less energy and will likely be in a bad mood. Chronic sleep loss puts you at higher risk for mental illness and worsens existing mental health conditions. Not getting enough sleep is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular issues and reduced mental function.