Sleep is essential for a person’s health and well being. Yet millions of people do not sleep adequately. Lack of sleep has varied effects on the human body and mind. Dark circles, weight gain, improper bodily functions are some of the effects it has on the body. Mood swings, irritability, and lack of concentration are some of the effects lack of sleep has on the mind. There are countless reasons why you should never neglect or underestimate a good night sleep. Here are some of them:
Keeps your heart healthy
Lack of sleep has been associated with increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both of which have been closely related to heart problems. You can keep your heart healthy by having seven to nine hours of sleep each day.
Makes us more active
A good night’s sleep will make you feel more active and alert on the following day. Energy levels are higher, mental awareness is acute and you are likely to smile more when you have had a good night’s sleep.
Helps your body replenish
Sleep is the time when your body repairs all the damage done by stress, ultraviolet rays and other harmful exposures. During sleep, your cells produce more protein which is used in repairing damaged cells. Muscle injuries also heal faster during sleep.
When your body lacks sleep it enters into a state of stress and body functions get into high alert. Further, the blood pressure increases, causing the production of stress hormones.
Can help you lose weight
Researchers have proved that people who sleep for less than seven hours each day are more likely to be obese or overweight. Lack of sleep affects the production of hormones like ghrelin and leptin which help in regulating your appetite.
So, if you have decided to live with the consequences of lesser sleep, then maybe this article will make you think otherwise. Remember, your body needs rest to rejuvenate. Consider the effects lack of sleep can have on your body the next time you decide to compromise on your sleep.