Do you think you get enough sleep? If not, do you know how your lack of sleep is affecting your health? Lisa Morrone joins faith Radio Mornings to discuss the importance of getting enough sleep.

“Sleep is the greatest predictor of how long you will live.”

Chronic sleep deprivation is wrecking havoc on the lives of people across the globe, and most are completely unaware how much damage it can cause.

“There have been large studies where they’ve followed people over decades and if you sleep less than seven hours of sleep each week you have a markedly decreased life expectancy.

What happens when we don’t sleep?

Sleep deprivation has many side effects that contribute to decreased life expectancy.

  • Hormonal imbalance leading to weight gain.
  • Accelerated aging
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Elevated blood sugar and blood pressures levels

Our body needs sleep to regulate our systems. Our body does not shut down when we sleep, it comes alive.

“There are a lot of the things going on within our bodies while we are asleep that were created by God to happen in the span of 7 to 8 hours and we are losing those functions when we don’t get sleep.”

If that wasn’t enough, sleep deprivation causes the defenses of our immune system to weaken severely, leaving us vulnerable to sickness.

“When we lose the ability for our immune system to attack the things that attack us, we put ourselves at risk.”

God created sleep to empower us to do what he has called us to do. It is our job to utilize the gift of sleep in a God-honoring way.

“We need that 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day because that is what is going to give us the maximum perfect plan that God has for our life expectancy so we can serve him strong.”

Highlight: Do you sleep enough?

On the importance of sleep

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