A lot of people blame the burden of work on them for losing sleep, most days of the week. While it’s not dodge-able at times, other days one needs to plan in a way to take out at least 6-7 hours for a good night’s sleep. Because if not, how will you take up the new day and complete the tasks allotted to you with your level-best abilities?
Lack of sleep has been shown to greatly compress your decision-making skills & make you distracted & confused, which is not desirable in any situation, be it formal or informal.
Here are some ways lack of sleep affects you :
1. Mood Swings
Lack of sleep can exacerbate already existing mood swings which may ultimately develop into depression or anxiety if sleeping less becomes habitual. Studies show people who are sleep deprived report increases in negative moods such as sadness & anger and decreases in positive moods.
2. Drop In Critical Thinking Ability
We all have seen people take all-nighters and practically struggle to do anything productive the next day. Various movies have showcased scenes where students are unable to pay attention in class or workers yawning in meetings due to no sleep the night before. Sleep plays a very critical role in thinking & learning. It has the power to impede or compromise your concentration, attention levels, problem-solving & reasoning abilities, etc.
3. Health Problems – You Snooze, You Lose
People who lack sufficient sleeping hours are more at risk for developing high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke amongst other things. Chronic sleeplessness affects your body’s release of insulin and increases the risk for type-2 diabetes in particular. According to a 2004 study, people who sleep less than 6 hours a day were about 30% more likely to become obese than those who slept >8 hours. This is because the chemicals that signal your brain that your body is full and has already eaten are impaired, ultimately leading to more cravings & overconsumption. If you’re staying up for longer periods, you are prone to eat more as compared to if you were sound asleep.
Driving while running on no sleep is hazardous to not only you but also others on the road. These accidents can be fatal and lead to serious injuries or even death. Driving while sleepy is almost equivalent to driving when drunk as in both scenarios you are poor on coordination & balance. This can also make you more prone to falls.
Sleeping allows your body to reboot & restore from the day it has conquered, and not giving it 8 out of the 24 hours you have in hand can hinder your brain function. Sleep improves your memory, increases productivity & can also boost your immune system. Therefore, start giving more importance to your sleep & sleeping pattern if you don’t already.