Good-quality sleep is critical for good health and the overall quality of life- Insufficient sleep can lead to metabolic disorders eg., diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, aggravate mental health issues like attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) in children, create an imbalance in the ghrelin-leptin ratios and cause overeating, leading to weight gain; to name just a few.
Sleep loss marked with elevated cortisol is associated with an increase in appetite especially an appetite for foods with high-carbohydrate content. It also has profound effects on the thyroid and on growth hormone regulation.
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) has released a policy statement with recommendations for clinicians and the general public on achieving good-quality sleep and getting enough sleep.
This statement, with an eye towards improving public health, addresses the importance of good quality sleep with a focus on sleep health in adults and children; the effects of work schedules on sleep; the impact of drowsy driving; and the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia.
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