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Get Yourself to Bed: Why Sleep is Your Best Friend

By: Sabrina Lebella Get Yourself to Bed: Why Sleep is Your Best Friend

Ever heard of the ‘sleep is for the weak’ saying? It’s time to revisit this mentality with a more objective eye. Here are seven effects of poor sleeping habits:

1.      Lack of awareness

Research from the Neuroimaging Center at McLean Hospital Harvard Medical School concluded that sleep deprivation can lead to a dangerous type of sluggishness affecting cognitive functions. Simply put: the longer you stay awake, the less alert you become.  

2.      Susceptible to long-term health conditions

According to the Department of Health and Social Care UK, you could develop serious medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even diabetes from sleep deprivation. Moreover, your immune system may be compromised, leading to chronic coughs and colds.

3.      Moody much?

The National Sleep Foundation in the US reported that sleep deficiency can send all your emotions into overdrive. You may feel sadder or more inclined to make wrong decisions because the lack of sleep affects the prefrontal cortex of the brain or the part of the organ responsible for smart planning.

4.      Your brain starts eating itself

When you wear the brain out by depriving it of time to shut down and rest, active brain cells begin to destroy and digest worn-out cells and debris that’s been left behind. On a long-term basis, such habits could lead to dementia and short-term memory loss.

5.      Lower libido in men and women

A lack of libido could snowball into deeper relationship and intimacy issues, such as erectile dysfunction and ejaculation problems in men, and vaginal dryness and inability to orgasm for women.

6.      Fertility problems

If you regularly lack sleep, the reproductive hormone you need to conceive will start slowing down in both men and women.

7.      Are you inebriated?

Pulling constant all-nighters can simulate the feeling you get when you’re drunk out of your wits. If you stay up for 19 hours in a row, your brain devolves as if it was legally drunk.

To avoid all of these consequences, ensure that you get a good amount of sleep as much as you can. Remember that ‘a healthy mind lives in a healthy body.’

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