Thursday, March 8, 2012

Why you need more sleep

By MindBodyGreen

Did you know that the average American spends 7.5 hours in bed but only sleeps for 6?

-Sleeping just 6 hours a night can result in an extra 14 lbs a year and increases your risk of being overweight by 27%!
-Sleeping for 5 hours a night increases your risk to 73%.
-Women who sleep less than 6 hours a night have a 62% higher risk for breast cancer.
-Sleeping less than 6 hours a night increases your risk for heart disease by 48%.
-Calorie consumption increases 22% by sleeping only 4 hours a night.

These are just a few of the interesting facts about why you need sleep in this infographic from medical billing and coding certification.
(Click on the title to access the infographic)
What do you think? How many hours of sleep do you need?

For other fun facts on how to sleep better and dealing with insomina see my article called "More ZZ's Please" in the Natural Health section.

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