We all know how crucial sleep is but in today’s fast-paced world where we are constantly flooded with information we tend to compromise on a lot of things to keep up, like our sleep. When you forget to charge your phone it gives up just at the start of the day. So even if a machine can’t function properly without a break how can humans do so? We all need to recharge ourselves after a long hectic day.
Cutting short your sleeping hours can have many adverse effects like:
1. Lack of Alertness: Sleep deprivation induces significant reductions in performance and alertness. It impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem-solving. This affects your performance at school or work. Lack of sleep can also result in accidents because it makes you less alert of your surroundings.
2. Health Problems: When your body doesn’t get its well-deserved rest just like a machine it won’t function properly and this leads to many serious health problems. A lot of scientific studies shows that sleep deprivation can lead to Heart diseases like heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and stroke. It also leads to diabetes, lack of immunity and insomnia.
3. Depression: Lack of sleep affects your mood significantly. Constant sleep deprivation can lead to the development of symptoms of depression like mood swings, anxiety. Insomnia is often the first symptom of depression. What may start as your voluntary procrastination of sleep may lead to insomnia and depression later on.
4. Skin Problems: Sleep is when most of the tissue repair takes place. Most of us have experienced puffy eyes when we sleep less which is an immediate symptom but a constant sleep deprivation can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. It also slows down the repair process of your skin tissues. So all of your night creams and eye creams will be of no use if you don’t sleep well.
5. Weight gain and Eating disorders: I crave for sugary snacks more when I sleep less. It all starts with me being late for college because I didn’t sleep well the night before and grabbing a snickers bar for breakfast then it becomes a habit. A peptide known as ghrelin stimulates hunger and another peptide leptin suppresses appetite, but shortened sleep time is associated with decreases in leptin and elevations in ghrelin thus making us feel hungrier. This will eventually lead to weight gain.
6. Caffeine Addiction: We can shorten our sleeping hours but we can’t do the same with work hours, so to go through the day and handle all the daily tasks we tend to rely on caffeine. Insomniacs tend to bec0me addicted to caffeine. A small dose of caffeine is good but an excess of caffeine will exaggerate sleeping disorders.