According to the Better Sleep Council, inadequate amounts of sleep can lead to an increase in blood pressure and stress hormone production. The body can become stressed when it does not get enough sleep. Not to mention, poor sleep reduces concentration/focus and can spark mood swings, irritability, stress, and a weakened immune system. Poor sleep can even lead to sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, and restless leg syndrome. It can also affect productivity levels in the workplace or otherwise.
Establishing a consistent sleep schedule can be vital in maintaining the body’s Circadian rhythm and routine. A lifestyle change may be necessary if your night’s sleep is usually disruptive or of poor quality. Most experts believe that between 7.5 and 8.5 hours of sleep a night is optimal.