These days, sleep is little more than something that cuts into your every-day hectic schedule. Sure, you love going to sleep, and you definitely acknowledge that you need to sleep at least a few hours, but the reality is that you simply cannot prioritize it above everything else in your life. I mean, you’re already behind on twitter messages as it is.
Besides, you function extremely well on just 5 or 6 hours thank-you very much. In fact, you’re quite proud of it.
Well sorry to burst your bubble, but what if I were to tell you that lack of sleep is one of the Western world’s foremost reasons for increased obesity, >heart diseases, and ? That it’s physiologically impossible for you to ‘get away with’ a lack of sleep? The truth is that what you in fact have is a very massive and very demanding And the interest is mounting.
It’s funny how you can start to make just a little more time for something when you truly believe and understand how important it is. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the foremost reasons for a good night’s sleep. Read these and you’ll soon realize that not only can sleep transform your weight and your health; it just might save your life.
Better health. Getting a good night’s sleep won’t grant you immunity from disease. But study after study has found a link between insufficient sleep and some serious health problems, such as heart disease
In most cases, the health risks from sleep loss only become serious after years. That might not always be true, however. One study simulated the effects of the disturbed sleep patterns of shift workers on 10 young healthy adults. After a mere four days, three of them had
Better sex life. According to a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, up to 26% of people say that their sex lives tend to suffer because they’re just . There’s evidence that in men, impaired sleep can be associated with lower levels — although the exact nature of the link isn’t clear.
Of course, not getting enough sleep can affect your love life in less direct ways too. “If you’re a 28-year-old who’s so exhausted you’re falling asleep during a date at the movies, that’s not good,” says Ronald Kramer, MD, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a specialist at the Colorado Sleep Disorders Centre in Englewood, Colo.
Less pain. If you have acute pain from a recent injury — getting enough sleep may actually make you hurt less. Many studies have shown a link between sleep loss and lower pain threshold. Unfortunately, being in pain can make it hard to sleep.
Researchers have found that getting good sleep can supplement medication for pain. If pain is keeping you up at night, there are also
Lower risk of injury. Sleeping enough might actually keep you safer, has been linked with many notorious disasters. The Institute of Medicine estimates that one out of five auto accidents in the U.S. results from drowsy driving — that’s about 1 million crashes a year.
When you’re overtired, you’re more likely to trip, or fall off a ladder, or cut yourself while chopping vegetables, household accidents like that can have serious consequences.
Better mood. Getting enough sleep won’t guarantee a sunny disposition. But you have probably noticed that when you’re exhausted, you’re more likely to be cranky. That’s not all. “Not getting enough sleep affects your emotional regulation,” says Mindell. “When you’re over-tired, you’re more likely to snap at your boss, or burst into tears, or start laughing uncontrollably.”
Better weight control
. Getting enough sleep could help you maintain your weight — and conversely, sleep loss goes along with an increased risk of weight gain. Why? Part of the problem is behavioral. If you’re over-tired, you might be less likely to have the energy to go for that jog or cook a healthy dinner after work.
The other part is physiological. The hormone plays a key role in making you feel full. When you don’t get enough sleep, leptin levels drop. Result: people who are tired are just plain hungrier and seem to crave high-fat and high-calorie foods specifically.
Clearer thinking. Have you ever woken up after a bad night’s sleep, feeling fuzzy and easily confused, like your can’t get out of first gear?
Studies have found that people who are sleep-deprived are substantially worse at solving logic or math problems than when they’re well-rested. “They’re also more likely to make odd mistakes, like leaving their keys in the fridge by accident,” We need to sleep right to benefit our health.