A new study that was done in Pocatello, Idaho has shown that the young people who have inadequate sleep are more likely to become promiscuous and engage in heavy drinking later on in life. There are several studies that have been to show how young adults become promiscuous and engage in heavy drinking because of insomnia.
Studies That Have Been Done
Most youths in the United States have inadequate sleep as it was claimed by one of the authors of the study, Maria Wong, who is a psychologist in a university located in Idaho State. The data was collected from 6,504 students who were in grade 7 and 12 and this was done in a study that involved the health of adolescents.
Wong said that the national polls indicated that 45% of young adults and 27% of school children were having inadequate sleep.
The other studies that have been done indicate that one in every 10 adolescents have difficulty with falling or staying asleep daily or almost daily in the previous 1 year.
Wong wrote that inadequate sleep is often caused by insomnia, but there are other reasons why young adults may have inadequate sleep. These reasons include excessive internet activity, social and academic concerns, and pitiable sleep hygiene.
There are other effects of having inadequate sleep like reduced* energy levels that result in poor output at the place of work and a grumpy feeling. Inadequate sleep will also have negative effects on an individual’s physical health. Studies have shown that approximately 1 in every 3 Britons suffers from insomnia. This has been associated with computers, stress and taking work home whereby instead of resting when one reaches home, one continues with work.
Stress can cause insomnia and this will cause one to drink heavily as one tries to be calm. Other youths will also engage in the promiscuous behavior as they try to relieve the stress.
The average sleep that an individual needs to be able to function properly is eight hours, but some may need more and others may need less. The important thing is to know how much sleep is required by our bodies and then try to achieve it.
The general rule is that when one wakes up tired and longs to have an opportunity where they can take a nap, and then it is an indication that they are not getting adequate sleep.
How Our Body Responds When One Doesn’t Have Enough Sleep
Lack of enough sleep will make one to have a short temper, experience fatigue and lack focus the following day. Occasional lack of sleep will make one feel irritable and tired the following day, but itdoes not necessarily harm an individual’s health. However, several nights of insomnia will cause serious mental effects. The brain fogs and this makes one have difficulty in concentrating and making decisions. One will start feeling down and one may fall off because of dizziness. This increases* the risk of injury on the road, home or at work. If the sleeping pattern continues, this will have toll on the general health of an individual and increases* the risk of getting medical conditions that are serious.
Most of the youths who do not sleep well are likely to be on the internet for longer periods. This increase* the risk of engaging in risky behaviors as they have increased the time of idleness.
Catching Up On the Lost Sleep
There is only one way to catch up on the sleep that is lost and this can be done by compensating. It is important to be patient as this will not happen in a single night. In cases where one has not slept well for months, one will have a sleep arrear and therefore recovery will take a longer period.
It is advisable to try getting more sleep on the weekends when one has ample time and is not going to work. The best way in which this can be done is by going to bed when one is exhausted and allowing the body to wake up on its own in the morning. One should not set the alarm to give the body enough time for rest.
One should expect to sleep for approximately 10 hours every night and then after a while the body will regulate the sleep to a normal level. It is advisable to avoid caffeinated drinks a few hours before going to bed. This is because they will increase* concentration and energy levels for a short while, but they will also disrupt the sleep pattern in the long run.
Having adequate sleep will help to boost* immunity and will help in the prevention of diseases. This will help to boost* the overall health of the individual. Therefore, it is advisable for young adults to have adequate sleep to avoid engaging in heavy drinking and promiscuity.