Whenever we lack the time in the day to do what needs to be done, we tend to cut on sleep in order to manage everything.
This has become an unfortunate practice of millions of people, who don’t really consider the long-term consequences that constant sleep deprivation can have.
The lack of sleep can be one of the causes for anything from sour mood to serious health problems later in life. Our bodies need rest as much as they need air, food, and water to function normally and when we consciously choose not to provide, we’re creating fertile ground for disease in all shapes and forms.
However, there are many more benefits of sleep that we’re vaguely aware of that actively shape our life. Here are 7 of them to think about next time you consider to cut your sleeping short.
1. Your Attention Span Improves
There’s no secret that our minds work better when we’ve slept well, and this especially goes for our attention span. Anyone who faces continual lack of sleep (so basically everyone) knows how difficult it is to concentrate, do the required work and still respect deadlines.
When our mind hasn’t had enough time to rest, it starts glitching and slowing down. That leads to understanding things slower, as well as not being able to solve problems as efficiently as you would if you were rested.
When you do get a good night’s sleep, your attention sharpens, and you’re able to react faster in situations that need a quick response. The brain processes work much better when you’ve had 7 or more hours of sleep and if you don’t believe it, try doing the same thing when you’re rested and sleep deprived, and you’ll be amazed by the differences in the results.
2. Sleep Quality Affects Your Weight
One of the very first things any nutritionist worth their salt will tell you is that if you want to lose weight, you need to get plenty of sleep.
As I mentioned, lack of sleep directly affects every aspect of your wellbeing, so if you’re trying to get leaner but still slack on how much you sleep, the results will not be satisfying.
If you want to avoid self-sabotage when it comes to melting the body fat, getting plenty of sleep is vital (along with your diet and physical activity, of course). Besides, if your muscles are still tired from the workout you did couple of days ago, you can be sure they won’t be working as well, which means you will have to work much harder to get the desired results.
3. Immune System Is Stable
Rarely do we appreciate the power of our immune system until its defenses are lowered and we come face to face with so many nasty viruses that lurk around. Seeing that your health depends on your immune system, it’s a wise decision to do all in your power to protect it, and sleeping well (and enough) is paramount.
Sleep deprivation weakens your whole body, which is one of the reasons you feel groggy and not able to concentrate. And one of the direct consequences of sleep deprivation is a lowered immune system, which is our first line of defense.
When you prioritize sleep over any other responsibilities you might have, you give your immune system a solid chance to work for you, and that is highly necessary.
4. Sleeping Well Shows on Your Skin
When we’re tired, we tend to look older. Dark circles can form under our eyes and skin becomes more wrinkled. Not sleeping enough rushes along the aging process. Even if you take extra care of the skin on your face, the aftermath of tiredness will still show.
The skin problems you might face could be anything from pigmentation issues to sagging. Frequent shuteye allows your skin to retain moisture and helps resolve these issues.
The more time you spend denying yourself adequate sleep, the harder it will be to deal with the consequences.
5. Being Playful in Bed
No matter how strong your libido is, if you’re exhausted, the magic in the bedroom will melt away.
It’s completely natural not to feel in the mood for bed Olympics all the time. But if you never get enough sleep, your relationship may start to suffer. As frustration builds so will relationship issues. Sprinkle some sleep deprivation over it all and you’ve got a disaster waiting to happen.
Don’t let your sex life suffer because you can’t make yourself go to bed at a reasonable hour. Besides, you’ll sleep a whole lot better after some vigorous games behind closed doors.
6. You Won’t Trip on a Perfectly Flat Surface
If you’re accident-prone in general, you definitely don’t need sleep deprivation to make things even worse. People get seriously hurt every day simply because they weren’t paying attention to what’s going on around them.
If you’re a driver, then dangers are even bigger, as you’re putting other people in peril as well. Not sleeping enough will cause you to feel constantly tired. Fatigue can kick in and a split-second without focus is enough to cause an accident. This means that you’re not only responsible for your life, but for the lives of the people around you.
7. Life Quality Drastically Improves
You know how everything tends to look gloomier when you’re hungry? Well, that feeling quadruples when you add sleep deprivation into the equation.
When you sleep well, your motivation will be better, creativity will flow more freely and you’ll be able to see the world in a more positive light.
The reason for this is simple; both your body and your mind function much better after a night of good sleep. So naturally, everything looks much easier, much more solvable and just more optimistic.