A lot of people deprive themselves of sleep due to several pursuits like pieces of homework, deadlines, social media, a favorite late-night TV series, or mobile games. Little do they know that making a habit of sleep deprivation can bring a huge impact on a person’s health. Taking enough sleep is similar to eating the healthy way so when you try to skip a few hours of sleep, it feels like you skip one important meal as well.
What makes a healthily enough sleep?
Studies have continuously shown that enough sleep is between 7 to 9 hours daily. So you have to take note that enough sleep is equivalent to sleeping for not more or less than the suggested timeframe. Mainly because either too little or too much sleep can cause harm generally to the body and particularly to the cardiovascular system.
See the following effects of taking enough sleep regularly:
● Presence of Mind
Nothing is brighter than a person who has taken a complete rest and enough sleep. While everybody needs the presence of mind and attention to detail especially at work or school in order to think and perform effectively, taking a little nap for a whole day won’t be enough. Complete sleep balances the hormones that help the body to restore energy level and enhance the remembering capacities of the brain.
People have two types of memories such as the short-term (records everything that happens throughout the day) and long-term (records every detail you remember over the years) ones. With full rest and enough sleep, you help your memory to remember so many things, the most important and even the least, by transforming the short-term into long-term memory.
● Fitness and Glow
Do you usually wake up looking tired or with dull skin? Well, if you haven’t heard yet, the way you look in the morning have something to do with your recent sleep. If you are among these people who always feel empty and losing strength regardless if the day has just started, then you need to get longer sleep than your usual starting tonight.
Getting enough sleep makes you look fit and gives the skin your dream radiance and glow. Given that your body is automatically on repair mode as you sleep, the body becomes capable of transforming fat into energy and you feel so much ready for the day as a result of complete sleep.
● Healthier Heart
A lot of people suffering from sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that keeps them repeatedly awake throughout the night, are most likely to have heart ailments. Hence, not too much or too fewer hours of sleep is the heart’s savior from different diseases. Sleeping for at least 7 hours a day can help the heart fight hypertension, high blood pressure, obesity, and other heart-related problems that can be diagnosed through certain medical imaging procedure.
Three years ago when diabetes was declared as 6th of the most fatal diseases around the world. And if there’s one thing you need to do to reduce the chances of diabetes, it’s taking enough sleep and making it a habit. The link between diabetes and sleep loss is like a series of reaction towards one another. Research says that lack of sleep can lead to a pre-diabetic stage and increase its development.
People tend to eat a lot whenever they get tired and sleepy due to sleep deprivation. While eating too much food (with high sugar content) can most likely increase the body’s blood sugar level and resistance to insulin, causing the initial development of type 2 diabetes. On the other way around, diabetes cases can also cause a sleeping problem that’s often characterized as sleep apnea.
By: Sarah Contreras
Sarah is a lifestyle blogger by heart and by profession. She currently writes for a digital marketing firm. What motivates Sarah to keep writing is her passion of providing information to all readers out there. She also dreams of writing her own book that will inspire others one day.