Sleep is an important basic need just like eating, breathing, exercising etc. Sleep is a great contributor to a person’s wellbeing. However, the problem that is being faced today is that people are just not sleeping enough. The quality of sleep has decreased and people sleep less than in the past.
Many people, are not truly aware of the negative effects sleep can have on one’s health. Therefore, this article will highlight some of the negative effects of sleep deprivation and positive effects of sleep.
Negative effects of being sleep deprived
1. Your brain can’t function properly, affecting your cognitive abilities and emotional state.
2. Mental health issues, such as depression, are strongly linked to poor sleep quality and sleeping disorders.
3. Sleep deprivation can lower your immune system, putting you at risk of developing chronic illness such as heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes etc.
4. Obvious signs of sleep deprivation are excessive sleepiness, yawning, and irritability.
5. Chronic sleep deprivation can interfere with balance, coordination, and decision-making abilities.
6. Stimulants like caffeine are not able to override your body’s profound need for sleep.
7. Effects of over consumption of food and alcohol are magnified.
8. Sleeping less than five hours a night increases the risk of death.
Deepak Chopra, prolific author of mind-soul-health books. This is what he had to say about sleep.
“Your body is the best pharmacy in the world. It makes natural healing substances that protect you from various illnesses. Sleep, Exercise, proper diet, and maintaining biological rhythms are all interconnected and dependent upon each other”
One of the best-kept secrets for restful, rejuvenating sleep is the quality of your experiences during the day. When you live each moment completely and fully appreciate the world around you, you do not accumulate stress; therefore, dynamic daily activity directly benefits the quality of your sleep. ~ Deepak Chopra
Positive effects of getting adequate sleep
1. Better health. Sleep Improves Your Immune Function.
2. Good Sleep Maximizes Athletic & work Performance.
3. Sleep also supports healthy growth and development.
4. Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of all the hormones (especially those that make you feel hungry).
5. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times helps you function well throughout the day.
6. Better memory. If you are feeling forgetful, sleep loss could be to blame.
7. Better weight control. Getting enough sleep could help you maintain or even lose weight.
8. Sleep is restorative for the brain. Memory consolidation occurs during slow wave sleep, meaning that the different pieces of what we’ve learned during the day come together coherently so that the knowledge can be accessed when needed.
9. Sleep prevents diabetes and it wards off heart disease.
10. Less pain. If you have chronic pain, or acute pain from a recent injury, getting enough sleep may actually make you hurt less.
Sleep deficiency is not only harmful on a personal level, but it also can cause large-scale damage. For example, sleep deficiency has played a role in human errors linked to tragic accidents, such as nuclear reactor meltdowns, grounding of large ships, and aviation accidents.
So let’s all get better and more sleep ;-).