- Research shows that without sufficient sleep, the body is unable to heal itself and ‘reboot’ so as to enhance proper functioning.
- With increasing workloads in most organisations and busy life schedules, sometimes people are unable to get sufficient sleep for the recommended seven to eight hours a night.
- Aside from the rise in cortisol levels, health experts also note that when people are short on sleep, their energy levels go down, making them tired.
Mary, in her 40s, works at the marketing department of an international fitness products company.
The round-the-clock work that she does keeps her occupied the whole day and most evenings.
Mary notes that the situation became worse last year when the company let go of many employees due to losses brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I am happy that I still have a job but the workload has increased ten-fold. I am doing work that was previously handled by three people and it is killing me. I am always under pressure to meet deadlines and have to work late into the night to complete tasks. So, most days, I sleep for only four to five hours,” she says.
Aside from the insufficient sleep, Mary notes that she has also been putting on a lot of weight, which is also disturbing her.
“Early last year, before the pandemic, I weighed 70 kilogrammes, but I am now at 80 yet nothing has changed with regard to my diet and I also jog a little bit over the weekend like I previously did. This is really bothering me.”
Mary is among the many Kenyans on weight loss journeys that seem to be achieving minimal or no impact at all.
Unknown to many people like them, having sufficient sleep is as important as exercise and diet in maintaining a healthy weight that guards against obesity, which increases the risk of lifestyle diseases like hypertension, cancer and diabetes.
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