Even Chuck Norris Is Off His Game Without Enough Sleep: Here’s What You Need to Know
Getting the right amount of zzzzs is important.
That’s not shocking information.
What’s a little more surprising is what the latest research shows about WHY sleep is so crucial to your overall health and wellness.
Let’s take a look at how a lack of adequate rest affects your body.
1 – Sleep and your brain
Your gray matter can seriously suffer from a lack of rest.
Here’s what you can expect if you forgo your restorative slumber.
A. Memory issues
While you sleep, your brain forms connections that help you process and recall new information.
When you don’t get enough rest, these connections don’t get the chance to form properly, which affects both your short- and long-term memory.
B. Problems with concentration
Your problem-solving skills are severely lacking without enough sleep.
You’ll also face a hindrance to your creativity and thinking processes, in general.
C. Changes in mood
Moody. Crabby. Emotional. Quick-tempered.
Yes, this is what you – and everyone around you – will be dealing with when you’re sleep-deprived.
If your lack of rest becomes chronic, you can also eventually develop issues with anxiety and depression.
2 – Sleep and physical wellness
The link between your brain and sleep is a little easier to understand, but failing to get adequate rest has a wide range of negative physical issues, too.
A. Compromised immune system
Your immune system’s defenses against cold and flu viruses are depleted by a lack of sleep.
The bottom line: Without enough sleep, your body doesn’t have what it needs to fight off illness.
B. Raised risk for high blood pressure
If you’re getting less than five hours of sleep a night, you’re increasing your risk for high blood pressure.
Of course, that will bring a whole host of additional potential problems like heart attack, stroke and even dementia.
C. An increased diabetes risk
You may be surprised to find out that there’s a link between diabetes and sleep-deprivation.
The reason is that a lack of sleep affects the way your body handles insulin.
Insulin is the hormone that lowers blood sugar.
When you don’t get enough sleep, your body doesn’t properly regulate insulin, your blood sugar can get out of control and you can develop Type 2 diabetes.
D. Lowered libido
For men, a lack of sleep can cause testosterone levels to drop, resulting in a diminished sex drive.
Though the reasons are a bit different for women, the effect is the same.
This issue can snowball into a serious strain on a relationship.
E. Weight gain
If your body isn’t getting the reparative sleep it needs, the chemicals that signal to your body that you’re full are off kilter.
This means you’re more likely to overeat and overindulge when you’ve already had enough to eat.
F. Increased risk of heart disease
We’ve already discussed the role sleep deprivation plays in weight gain, diabetes and high blood pressure.
With these issues comes inflammation that leads to heart disease.
G. More prone to accidents
Being sleepy during the day can cause you to be careless and increases your chances of being involved in a car accident or suffering another type of injury.
Your balance and coordination are affected by missing out on your rest, so you’re also more likely to fall or generally be a klutz and hurt yourself.
3 – Your body NEEDS sleep
You wouldn’t last long without food, water or air.
These are necessary components for you to function.
Sleep is just as important. It’s the time that your body uses to heal itself and restore balance to the crucial chemicals that keep your body working like a well-oiled machine.
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What are your sleep habits like? Are you getting enough sleep?