There’s no aspect of your physical, mental, or emotional performance that isn’t affected by the quality of sleep.
Almost all of us know this, but don’t get enough sleep.
Many of us only think that sleeping is the period when our brain shuts off and the body is at complete rest. But sleeping is an active process.
While sleeping, the brain processes all the things we learned, saw, and heard during the whole day. Also, our body strengthens the immune system, regulates the metabolism, and repairs our damaged cells.
But have we ever thought that sleep deprivation can harm our health and creativity in a long run?
According to studies, deprivation of sleep push us to more stress, health issues, less productivity, and underperformance.
Here’s what sleep loss does to make our life less energetic.
1. Weakens Your Mental Health
Lack of sleep affects your mood and boosts your stress levels, which causes depression. Sleep and mood are closely connected.
Lack of sleep causes insomnia — a common disorder caused by lack of sleep. And, insomnia and depression are friends with each other. Also, a study shows that 65% to 90% of adults suffer depression due to insomnia.
Lack of sleep increases the level of anxiety. The previous study also records that lack of sleep affects 50% of people’s anxiety. Insomnia worsens the symptoms of anxiety.
A poll of 2005, calculates that most of the people with depression sleeps less than six hours a night.
In short, sleep problems make us mentally ill. And, when we are mentally ill, we lose the ability to think and feel irritated in every work.
2. Helps You Gain Weight
Lack of sleep works as a risk factor for weight gain and obesity. Research shows that 89% of children and 55% of adults become obese due to less than six hours of sleep.
Shortage of sleep increases hunger and appetite. Because deprivation of sleep increases the production of ghrelin hormone that incites hunger and decreases the production of leptin that suppresses appetite.
Also, a study reports that sleep deprivation increases the appetite for unhealthy food and cravings. As a result, we overeat due to hunger and ended up gaining weight.
Less sleep makes us feel fatigued and less energetic to exercise regularly. A study reports that people who sleep less than seven to nine hours are more likely to get tired during exercise. However, we gain more weight.
3. Makes You Look Older
Nights without sound sleep kill our skin slowly.
A few sleepless nights make our skin sallow and our eyes puffy. If it happens continuously the skin damage can be permanent. Lack of sleep can lead to lackluster skin, dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles across the face.
A study says that due to sleep deprivation cells ages faster than usual in older adults. Because sleep loss prevents the release of growth hormone — the hormone that thickens skins, strengthens bones, increases muscle buns.
In addition, sleep loss makes the body releasing the stress hormone cortisol more than before. Cortisol breaks down collagen — the protein that helps in keeping the skin smooth and elastic.
4. Increases Risk of Health Problems
Less sleep murders the immune system.
While sleeping our body produces cytokines — fighting antibodies. Cytokines fight foreign invaders (viruses, germs, bacteria) and protect our bodies. Sleep loss defends producing cytokines. As a result, various illnesses set in our bodies.
It is also estimated that 90% of people with insomnia suffer from various chronic diseases. Including —
- Heart disease
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
In a word, sleep loss is like a life threat to us. If sleep deprivation continues, you may suffer in a long run.
5. Makes You Forgetful
Our brain consolidates memories through a brain event called sharp-wave ripples.
Our brain produces brain waves during the deepest level of sleep, which is important in storing memories. These waves transfer memories from the hippocampus (a part of the brain) to the prefrontal cortex (where long-term memories are store).
Poor sleep prevents transferring memories to the prefrontal cortex and makes them stuck in the hippocampus. It results in forgetfulness and difficulty remembering memories.
If continuous sleep loss occurs, then it can lead to excessive forgetfulness and long-term memory loss.
The Bottom Line
Sound sleep is like a medicine for all diseases, while poor sleep works as a slow poison for us.
But nowadays poor sleep has become a family friend to us.
Most of us don’t take a night of sound sleep seriously. Although, a great day always starts the night before.
“You will perform better, make better decisions, and have a better body when you get the sleep you require.”
— Shawn Stevenson
So, it’s necessary to get a sound sleep. You can get a night of sound sleep by following the below methods—
- Make sure to soak sunlight every day.
- Eat healthy foods.
- Perform mild exercises.
- Maintain a dark and silent place.
- Throw away all negative thoughts before sleep.
- Make a bedtime routine.
A sound sleep gifts us with a healthy, happy, and joyful life. So, it’s completely your wish how you wanna lead it.