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Why Sleep Is More Important Than Food

The absolute best way to improve your health and wellbeing

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If you want to keep your mouth healthy, then you need to take steps to improve the health of your entire body. It isn’t enough to have a clean mouth if your body is unhealthy because this will affect your oral health in numerous ways. There is a lot of advice out there on how to keep your mouth healthy, but most of it ignore the most vital tip of all.


Sleep vs Food

There is a lot of advice out there on the importance of your diet in determining your health. And most of this advice is quite correct. The quality of your diet determines your weight, your energy levels, and whether your body has the nutrients it needs to function correctly. And if you go without food for a prolonged period you feel weak, foggy in the head, and lose weight. That’s why most eating plans suggest that you eat regularly and avoid fasting so you can avoid these negative effects.  

However, there are a lot of sources that claim you should cut down on the amount that you sleep in order to be more productive. This might seem like an ideal suggestion at first thought, after all you can survive just fine with one hour less of sleep a night and it could help you get ahead of your To Do list. But this practice could be more detrimental than you think.

You can go without food for up to 70 days without dying (don’t try this at home). However, if you try to go without sleep for even a week, you will notice immediate and severe side effects. This is made obvious by the case of Randy Gardener, who holds the world record for going the longest time without sleep. He went 11 days and 25 minutes without sleeping and the people around him noticed a number of negative effects including moodiness, paranoia, hallucinations, and problems with his concentration and short term memory.

The Effects of Not Sleeping

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Even mild sleep deprivation can have a noticeable and negative effect on every part of your life.  Here are some of the effects that sleep deprivation can have:

  • It hinders your ability to store new knowledge, affecting your memory.

  • It slows down your reaction speed, which makes driving more dangerous.

  • Your cognitive speed decreases.

  • Your decision making abilities are negatively impacted.

  • It may cause physical problems such as high blood pressure and obesity.

Sleeping for Good Health

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No matter what any productivity plan or guru tells you, your body and your brain need a certain amount of sleep to function at their best. This can be difficult in our busy modern world, where people are expected to ‘burn the midnight oil’, do shift work, or take their work home with them and work well into the night. However, doing this will only damage your health and your performance at work.

Studies show that only 2.5 percent of people feel fully rested on less than 7 hours of sleep. 95 percent of people need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep, with another 2.5 percent sleeping more than eight hours. This means that if you want good health, you need to listen to your body and give it plenty of sleep. This will not only improve your thinking and productivity at work, it will also impact your oral health as well.


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