A recent study by Soomi Lee, assistant professor at the University of South Florida’s School of Aging Studies and director of the Sleep, Stress and Health (STEALTH) Lab shows the importance of consistent, quality sleep.

“Consecutive sleep loss was associated with decreases in positive emotions, increases in negative emotions, and greater frequency of severity of physical symptoms,” said Soomi Lee, lead author of the study, which was published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

The study consisted of daily diary entries from 1,958 adults for 8 consecutive days. The study found that for even one night of sleep loss, there was an increase in negative effects, both physically and mentally. Not to mention, as the number of consecutive days of sleep loss increased, so did the severity of these negative effects. Physical negative effects noted included body aches, gastrointestinal issues, and respiratory symptoms, such as a sore throat and runny nose.

Adults need 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night, but according to the CDC, 1 in 3 of them don’t get enough. If you’re feeling groggy throughout the day, you may need to start prioritizing your sleep health. Remember, even one night of sleep loss is enough to impact your health. Taking a free quiz from SleepMaster Solutions™ is a quick and easy way to see if you’re dealing with any sleep health issues.