As a recent study 1 found, many people do not get enough sleep. Currently, there are claims that the average Briton runs on just six hours of sleep a night.
Lack of sleep often varies, yet the reasons are often linked to underlying psychological issues 2. However, a new study 3 is claiming it may be down to a simple cause of not drinking enough water throughout the day prior.
The research was conducted by academics with Penn State University, Pennsylvania. According to their findings, people who sleep for six hours per night, had significantly more concentrated urine, as well as were more dehydrated as compared to those got a regular eight hour sleep – which is the recommended amount of sleep.
The study, which was published in the SLEEP journal 3, had more than 20,000 participating adults in the US and China – all of them had both their sleeping habits and urine samples studied and analyzed.
As a result, the authors of the study concluded that there were links between sleep quality and hydration because of a hormone within the body known as vasopressin.
Lead author Asher Rosinger – an assistant professor at Penn State – explained, "Vasopressin is released both more quickly and later on in the sleep cycle. So, if you're waking up earlier, you might miss that window in which more of the hormone is released, causing a disruption in the body's hydration.”
Rosinger added, "If you are only getting six hours of sleep a night, it can affect your hydration status. This study suggests that if you're not getting enough sleep, and you feel bad or tired the next day, drink extra water."
Dehydration has been known to have a number of adverse bodily effects, such as dizziness, feelings of drowsiness, and having dark-colored, strong-smelling urine.
The most obvious way to remain hydrated is to drink plenty of fluids during the day. It’s also advised to avoid or limit such drinks like caffeine, tea, or alcohol, since these can also dehydrate the body.
However, when it comes to the suggested amount of water that you should be consuming per day, the advice may be a little conflicting. Some experts insist that it should be as much as four liters of water a day, while there are others who say two is fine.
Regardless, it makes sense that a recent study has shown that half of Britons have no idea how much water they should be in-taking daily. There’s a third that also admitted to failing to keep themselves properly hydrated, and don’t drink water unless they mix it with something else.
The survey 4, which was conducted by British Summer Fruits on 2,000 people, also found that 23% of the respondents only chose to keep hydrated by ingesting soft fizzy drinks.
“There are many healthy and delicious ways to beat dehydration,” commented a public health nutritionist.
“For example, try adding mixed berries to your water,” she said to The Independent 4, “adding three to four mixed berries - raspberries, blueberries and strawberries - could help increase your vitamin C consumption. So, not only does it keep you hydrated, taste great, it also has added health benefits.”
So, there you have it – ways to stay hydrated if you’re not a big fan of regular water.
In addition to staying hydrated, we recommend the NATURELO Sleep Formula made with valerian, chamomile, and melatonin.
4. Half of Britons 'have no idea' how much water to drink daily, 13 August 2018