Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
Some people may not know how lack of sleep affect their health. When I was young, my mom would always push me to sleep early or sleep in the afternoon. There would be times then when I’ll pretend to be sleeping even if in reality I wasn’t (just to make my mom believe that I’m sleeping). Before, I really can’t fully understand as to why do I need to sleep longer and more often when I was a child. But as I grow in age, I can gradually understand the reasons why. As I age, duties, tasks, and responsibilities are becoming bigger and bigger and so thus I’m always feeling tired. Some people such as older adults seem to be more resistant to the effects of sleep deprivation, while others, especially children and young adults, are more vulnerable.
How Much Sleep Do We Need?
Most of us need around 8 hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less. What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it.
Lack of sleep is a common problem in modern society. It can make someone grumpy and moody hence affecting many individuals at some point in their lives. There are several reasons why people are getting interrupted with their time of sleep. It may be because of work load or personal reasons. In our blog today, I’m going to enumerate why lack of sleep is bad for your health:
Health Effects of having Lack of Sleep
IT AFFECTS HOW YOUR MIND WORKS
Sleep plays a serious role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep damages these cognitive processes in many ways. First, it weakens attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently.
IT AFFECTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
If you seem to catch every cold and flu that’s going around, your bedtime could be to blame. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt your immune system, so you’re less able to fend off bugs.
IT AFFECTS YOUR WEIGHT
Studies have shown that people who sleep less than 7 hours a day tend to gain more weight and have a higher risk of becoming obese than those who get 7 hours of slumber. It’s believed to be because sleep-deprived people have reduced levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and increased levels of ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone).
IT AFFECTS YOUR SKIN HEALTH
Most people have experienced sallow skin and puffy eyes after a few nights of missed sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.
IT AFFECTS YOUR MEMORY’S SHARPNESS
In 2009, American and French researchers determined that brain events called “sharp wave ripples” are responsible for consolidating memory. The ripples also transfer learned information from the hippocampus to the neocortex of the brain, where long-term memories are stored. Sharp wave ripples occur mostly during the deepest levels of sleep.
IT AFFECTS YOUR HEART HEALTH
Sleep helps the heart vessels to heal and rebuild as well as affecting processes that maintain blood pressure and sugar levels as well as inflammation control. Not sleeping enough increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
If you continue to operate without enough sleep, you may see more long-term and serious health problems. Some of the most serious potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke.