5 Signs Your Lack of Sleep is Affecting the Rest of Your Life30 Jun
We all know how it feels the morning after a sleepless night. We wake up crabby and tired, and the whole world seems foggy. But the effects of constant sleep deprivation go far beyond the next day. Lack of sleep can impact your job, your health, and your relationships. So, it’s important to pay attention to signs that indicate you should head to bed earlier.
What Parts of Your Life are Being Impacted by Lack of Sleep?
- You can’t remember things or concentrate. Without 7-8 hours of sleep per night, your brain has trouble functioning. While you sleep, pathways form between neurons in your brain that help you remember new information. If this doesn’t happen, you’ll find yourself forgetting things and having trouble focusing, which can greatly affect your performance at work or in school.
- You’re getting sick. During a sound sleep, your immune system grows stronger as it produces substances to combat bacteria and viruses. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body won’t fight infection, making it not only likely that you’ll get sick, but it will also take longer to recover from the illness. Continuous sleep deprivation can even increases your risk for diabetes and heart disease.
- You’re gaining weight. Sleep affects the levels of two hormones that control how hungry or full you feel. Leptin lets you know when you’ve had enough to eat. But if you follow a crazy sleep schedule, your brain doesn’t release enough leptin and instead raises ghrelin, which stimulates your appetite. This could be why you’re hungry for high-calorie late night snacks that are stacking up around your belly. Sleep deprivation also prompts your body to release higher levels of insulin after you eat, and insulin controls blood sugar levels and promotes fat storage.
- You have high blood pressure. Sleep has a lot to do with the health of your heart and blood vessels. Lack of sleep can lead to high blood pressure and even cardiovascular disease and stroke. One study by the National Sleep Foundation examined data from 3,000 adults over the age of 45 and found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night.
- Your relationships are changing. Sleepless nights can make you emotional and quick-tempered, and can even lead to anxiety or depression, impacting the way you treat others and reducing your interest in social life. And since testosterone production is dependent on at least three hours of consecutive sleep, not getting enough uninterrupted shut-eye can lead to a lower sex drive.
Start Sleeping Better to Get Your Life Back on Track
Whether you’re not sleeping well due to stress issues, your sleep schedule is just out of whack, or you just can’t get comfortable in bed, it’s important that you make sleep a priority in order to live a healthy, happy life. Eliminate stressors and make more time for relaxation. Make yourself turn off the TV and go to bed earlier. Buy a new mattress so you aren’t waking up every hour in pain. You can be in control of your health and relationships again if you just take these necessary steps.
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