AN experts have revealed exactly how long it takes before a lack of quality sleep becomes dangerous to your health.
With the holiday season in full swing, Britons often say goodbye early in the morning and don’t get enough sleep.
Often, going hand-in-hand with partying can lead to increased alcohol consumption, which can also have a significant impact on the amount of quality sleep you get.
Sleep deprivation can be “dangerous” and unhealthy, experts recommend putting your health first before overdoing it.
Surprisingly, your body needs a lot more sleep than you might think.
Penny Albright, founder of The Easy Sleep Guide, says getting less than seven hours of sleep over a two-week period is considered “risky.”
She told The Mirror:
“So while Christmas parties look tempting, don’t overdo it, you can take a break here and there to recharge and catch up on lost sleep.”
Penny adds, “I recommend going out. Let your hair down, but leave your last glass four hours before you go to bed.
“If you don’t do this, your brain and body won’t have enough time to settle down and fall into deep sleep.”
Holistic health expert and founder of Soma Breath, Niraj Naik, has revealed a variety of warning signs to watch out for.
She told the press: “Everyone needs a different amount of sleep.
“In general, irritability, lethargy, lightheadedness, cognitive decline, and cravings for sugary drinks can tell you if you need more sleep.
“Be aware of these symptoms and if they continue for more than 3-4 days, they are harming your body.
“The best way to deal with them is sleep and don’t rely on caffeine or energy drinks.”
Niraj also gave her tips to encourage a restful night’s rest if she thought she wasn’t closing her eyes enough.
“Sit up straight and take a quick breath in through your nose.
“Puck your lips and exhale slowly through your mouth as if you were exhaling through a straw.
“Don’t tense your muscles while doing this and try to relax as much as possible.
“As you exhale, imagine a wave of relaxation flowing up and down your body.
“The longer it lasts, the more effective it is in lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
“You can also hold your breath for a few seconds before repeating the next round. Gradually increase the time you hold your breath with each repetition for a deeper effect.”