In the age of hectic work schedules and a day that never seems to end, many of us tend to forget the importance of a good night’s sleep. Working on tight deadlines often leads to pushing yourself too hard too frequently and adversely affects your sleep cycles. This can affect not only your concentration but your health as well. It can cause frequent drowsiness, irritable moods, and also affects the quality of the work you are doing. Staying up late often entails eating a lot of unhealthy snacks and having too many caffeinated drinks, both of which can turn out to be more of a problem for your body than you think.
While it may keep you up in the short term, there are definite detrimental effects of such binges and will be acutely visible the next day.
The consequences of poor sleep patterns extend way beyond simply your personal health. Lack of sleep can also affect our interactions with others. Scientists from US Berkeley presented new research suggesting that lack of enough sleep can effectively impair our ability to appreciate our partners and loved ones. This often results into stress and tension in the relationship, because of which there is far less gratitude and higher levels of selfishness in the relationships and can be precipitating factors for fights.
Here are a few reasons why sleep is so important to your well-being:
1.Helps you focus better
Having a full night’s rest, anything between seven to eight hours a day, is essential for functioning at your best mental capacity. A review of over seventy studies on the effects of sleep deprivation have shown that the most affected area of functioning affected was attention. Lack of sleep can rob you of your attention span and acuity essential to functioning at your best at work. Lack of attention on the road while driving due to sleep deprivation can even cause accidents.
2.Keeps your level:
One of the biggest impacts a good night’s rest has is on one’s mood. Studies show that sleep-deprived people have a higher tendency of classifying even neutral images, such as household appliances, as negative, whereas people who have a full night’s rest, classify them as neutral. Lack of sleep can make the smallest of things irritable, the accompanying anger that comes is just as bad because it distracts you from the task at hand.
3.Increased risk for diseases:
Something as innocuous as not sleeping enough could be putting you at risk for some very dangerous diseases. People who sleep less than six or more than 9 hours every night exhibit heightened tendencies for type 2 diabetes. A survey found out that there is a strong relationship between lack of sleep and recurrence of tumors. Not getting enough sleep can also put you at risk for increased stress, anxiety and blood pressure issues. It adversely affects your immune system and can put you at risk for depression and obesity.
4.Helps you live longer:
Do you want to live a long and happy life? Step one towards it is to sleep enough every night. Excessively long or short sleep cycles have been shown to shorten lifespans. Doctors and physicians everywhere collectively agree that sleeping enough every night is a definite boost for your health and can help you live longer.
Are you craving that brilliant new idea to pitch to your boss? Sleep on it! Getting enough sleep can do wonders for your memory. Sleep helps your brain organize the information you have accumulated and structures it out which can help spur your creativity. Researchers at Harvard and Boston College have found that people who get enough sleep establish a strong emotional component with memories which encourages the creative process.