Ending the day with a positive thought and a good night’s sleep is what I always look forward to. Miss a night and the productivity goes down the drain. For instance, yesterday I had to write a blog on election culture in Irvine City and I came across a lot of interesting things. The only problem is that I had to drink tons of coffee to deeply understand the Irvine city council elections. So, coffee helped me deliver 100% productivity. However, the problem deepens when you constantly deprive yourself of good sleep. One bad night and you can get over it but your body will react in a certain way if you constantly keep losing sleep. Here’s what happens to your mind and body.
Your Immunity Weakens
Regular loss of sleep can falter your immune system. This means that your body will be more vulnerable to infections and diseases such as cold, the flu, pneumonia, and even the COVID-19 virus. Given that the world is battling with the coronavirus, it is wise to keep the immunity strong. Fortunately, a good night’s sleep can help you with that. For now, let us look at a study published by the University of California. The study reveals that people who sleep 5 hours or fewer report troubles regarding sleep. Either they have issues with the sleep pattern or overall trouble sleeping. As a result, they develop sleep disorders over a certain period. You see, your body can adapt to changes but improper sleep cycle leads to severe problems.
Your immune system relies on sleep to function systematically. Sleep deprivation exposes your immune system to a wide range of diseases. On the other hand, when you are fast asleep your body repairs the cells, detoxifies the body, and restores energy. So, imagine the amount of work that takes place during the night and it is not fair to deprive your body of important things.
You May Gain Weight
If you’re skipping sleep you may gain weight easily. Do not blame your clothes or the exercise routine if you’re sleep deprived all the time. You are most likely to gain weight because of sleep deprivation. Many studies suggest that weight gain is directly proportional to sleep disorders. A study with 1,600 adults as subjects suggested that people who sleep 5-6 hours during the night are more likely to gain weight than the ones who sleep for 8-9 hours. The study also suggested that individuals who sleep late at night or sleep for five hours develop fat around waistlines easily. Although experts believe that there are several reasons behind obesity and constant weight gain, yet sleep deprivation is one of the contributing factors.
A bad sleep routine also means that you will shift your eating habits, get up late in the morning, and lose energy to carry out the exercise routine. Eventually, you will start gaining weight, and instead of exercising you will start eating high-fat food. This in turn will also lead to bad eating food habits and problems like obesity. So, make sure that you avoid bad food and sleep at least eight hours in the night, not during the day.
Sleep Deprivation Causes Forgetfulness
According to some experts and scientific evidence sleep, deprivation can cause forgetfulness. That’s because your brainwashes away toxic chemicals from your brain during the night. Not only this but it also helps organize and tidy the brain cells. This is the reason why you feel fresh and stress-free after a good eight hours of sleep. Also, during the process of sleep, your brain manages to store long term memories and sort them in a definitive pattern. Unfortunately, in case of sleep loss or sleep disorders, those memories are not transmitted. As a result, periodic loss of memories leads to forgetfulness. In fact, many studies show that chronic sleep loss can also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in the long run.
Sleep Loss Causes Heart Problems
Habitual sleep loss can lead to heart diseases. If you constantly sleep for four or five hours during the night, you are most likely to develop coronary heart diseases or even suffer from a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, sleep deprivation causes inflammation in the arteries and triggers heart attacks. So, this means that sleep loss is crucial to building a healthy life and a healthy heart.
Your Mind Plummets Into an Emotional State
Have you ever witnessed mood swings due to a lack of sleep? I am sure the answer is pretty obvious. Most of us either develop mood swings after a lousy night sleep or plummet into a more emotional state. In fact, experts believe that patients with mental health problems suffer more emotionally after staying up late during the night. So, make sure that you sleep in order to avoid serious health problems.