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I’m a night owl, meaning I’m one of those people who prefer to be awake and active at night for long hours. Doing various things and then go to bed and get to sleep for less than the recommended sleeping hours of an adult.
Well if you are like me you, then you are always sleeping late, doing whatever you normally do. Maybe watching late night movies, going to parties – but after reading this quick post today you will realize why it's important to focus on getting enough sleep and you will be able to make sleep a priority.
Just like I did a few months ago.
Lately, I’m getting around 7 hours per night, unlike before I would sleep 4 hours maximum. You see, not getting enough sleep has a negative impact on your health in many ways, both long term and short term.
And what’s even sillier is that we tend to ignore even the common sleep deprivation symptoms like weight gain, feeling like you have a hangover all day long and so many others as they are short-term symptoms.
But when you start noticing some common and frequently occurring illnesses and your doctor warns you about your lack of sleep. When he then goes ahead and reads information to you before giving you a leaflet to go read at home. That lack of sleep changes from having just short-term symptoms that are often ignored, to long-term and more serious ones.
That's the moment when you need to pause and start taking sleep as a serious matter. Life is precious!
Sleep Deprivation symptoms & effects:
Let's go through what lack of sleep can do to our body, mind, soul or our life in general.
Lack of sleep makes
Your brain not to work well.
Causing issues with alertness, concentration, and reasoning. When you get consistently bad sleep, your brain suffers, and as a result, your brain can’t work as hard as it normally does (on a full night’s sleep).
You tend to experience things like impaired learning. That is your ability to think, remember, and process information. You will find yourself forgetting bits and pieces.
Can lead to serious long-term health problems.
There are far worse long-term side effects that come with prolonged lack of sleep. Rare to even think they could be caused by just lack of enough sleep.
Did you know that sleep deprivation can turn into heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes?
So this leaves you with one question – are you ready to prioritize sleep for the sake of your long-term health?
Can cause low libido.
It is said that sleep-deprivation lowers the sex drive hormone—in both men and women. Which means it may cause changes in desire and arousal in sexual behavior.
Can make you feel moodier.
You may tend to feel blue, with a drop in your mood. With a lack of enough sleep, you can become more likely to have conflicts with the people around you.
Affect your skin.
Prolonged sleep deprivation can cause premature wrinkling and dark circles under the eyes. It said that when you don't sleep your body tends to lose moisture, so your skin becomes dehydrated.
Can lower your immunity level.
If you get less than 6 hours to 8 hours of sleep, your body tends to produce fewer antibodies in response. This shows that when you are tired, your immune system isn’t the strongest.
I will conclude by saying having enough sleep is very important. You should make it a priority to work with your morning and night routines to ensure that they allow you to get a full night’s sleep, every night.
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