Effective sleep-boosting tips for people who are sleep deprived

On average, adults need 8 hours of sleep per night to function well during the day.

On average, adults need 8 hours of sleep per night to function well during the day.

What you need to know:

  • Sleep deprivation refers to lack of sleep, or not having enough hours in a 24-hour period to entirely refresh oneself for natural bodily purposes such as healing, growth, and regeneration.
  • Lack of sleep can┬álead to increased feelings of sadness and hopelessness, which can trigger thoughts of suicide.

Studies show that people who regularly sleep for less than six hours a night are more likely to be depressed, and have higher rates of suicide or self-harm. The reason for this correlation is that when the body does not get enough rest, it releases hormones called cortisol which increase stress levels in the brain.

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