Sleep is important for your physical and mental health. You may not feel that sleep is that important sometimes, but it is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. During sleep, your sympathetic nervous system which controls your fight or flight response gets a chance to relax. Studies have shown that when we are deprived of sleep, sympathetic nervous system activity increases, which is also mirrored by an increase in blood pressure.
Sleep deficiency is linked to increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Sleep has many benefits for your body. Mentally it improves your memory, increase productivity, and puts you in a better mood. Physically sleep can boost your immune system, prevent weight gain, and strengthen your heart. Children aged from 6 to 12 years should regularly sleep 9-12 hours per 24 hours. While teenagers aged from 13 to 18 years should sleep 8–10 hours per 24 hours. Semester tests are coming up, so make sure that your child is getting plenty of sleep.
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Retrieved January 07, 2021, from https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov