Sleeping less than 6 hours can impact consumers’ well-being ─Research

*Experts say not getting enough sleep can have a significant impact on consumers’ general health and wellness, and even one night of shortened sleep can be detrimental

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Researchers from the University of South Florida, in the United States (US), in a fresh study explored the risks of not getting enough sleep.

The study findings suggest that getting fewer than six hours of sleep can have a significant impact on consumers’ overall well-being ─even if it is just one night, agency report stated.

Researcher Soomi Lee said: “Many of us think we can pay our sleep debt on weekends and be more productive on weekdays.

“However, results from our study show that having just one night of sleep loss can significantly impair your daily functioning.”

In exploring the importance of quality sleep for the study, the researchers analysed data from nearly 2,000 middle-aged adults that were part of the Midlife in the United States study.

Over the course of eight days, the participants tracked their sleeping patterns and physical and mental health.

The study showed that a lack of sleep can impact consumers both mentally and physically, and going without enough sleep for longer periods of time led to more severe negative symptoms.

From a physical standpoint, on the one hand, the most commonly reported ailments were gastrointestinal issues, upper respiratory issues, and body aches.

On the other hand, from a mental health standpoint, getting fewer than six hours of sleep resulted in greater frustration, irritability, and nervousness.

Going forward, the researchers recommend that consumers do their best to get at least six hours of sleep each night.

Not getting enough sleep can have a significant impact on our general health and wellness, and even one night of shortened sleep can be detrimental.

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