Is getting little sleep really such a bad thing? Isn’t 5 hours of sleep enough? And how does a lack of sleep affect your body?
Research has shown that even one night of sleep deprivation is equivalent to being intoxicated. Intentional sleep deprivation is mostly seen in young people and teenagers who prefer entertainment over sleep. Many workaholics also consider sleeping as a waste of precious time which is not true. Many a time because of work commitments such as working in night shifts or long hours may also interfere with quality sleep that an individual requires. Medical issues such as chronic illnesses, depression and sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea can also be the reason for sleep deprivation.
Many high-achievers brag that they only get 5 hours of sleep at night - or even less! This gives them the time to lead well-rounded lives and gain high levels of success in work, family, and play. They seem to achieve more, are more productive, and lead happier and fuller lives.
Indeed, some people really do need less sleep. But this is the exception, not the norm.
For most people, getting a mere 5 hours of sleep is simply not enough. It leads to brain fogginess, sluggish behaviour, and an actual decrease in productivity - despite an increase in time awake. 99% of people really do need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep
The most simplest and easy way to treat sleep deprivation is sleep more. Be it acute or chronic condition, a quality good night’s sleep will help an individual bounce back effectively. Fighting stress, eating a healthy and a balanced diet, avoiding alcohol are some other dos for a good night’s sleep. Certain medications can also interfere with one’s sleep thus consult your medical professional about the same. Exercising or indulging in an activity such as jogging, walk or swimming can also help one sleep better. Avoid usage of electronic gadgets before bedtime as they can interfere with one’ sleep. Spending time in natural sunlight, Yoga, meditation and breathing exercises can also help one sleep better at night. Treating underlying medical cause if any will also help one sleep better and avoid sleep deprivation.
What are the consequences of sleep deprivation?
Negative effects of sleep deprivation are many. It affects both physical and mental health of a person negatively.
Short-term effects (1-3 nights)
Decreased cognitive skills, reduced ability to concentrate, poor memory
- Irritability and mood swings
- Reduced work and sports performance
- Higher risk of using drugs, alcohol, and energy drinks
Medium-term effects (3-5 nights)
Higher risk of infection due to a weakened immune system
- Slower regeneration of cells
Long-term effects (6 nights or longer)
If you suffer from chronic sleep deprivation, then you’re more at risk of serious health implications
- Heart disease
- Morbid obesity
really helps us want to get to bed and results in more restful nights of good sleep.
If you continue to have problems sleeping at night and are fighting daytime fatigue, talk to your doctor. They can test for underlying health conditions that might be getting in the way of your sleep schedule.
A good night’s sleep is utmost essential for overall good health. It is the time when the body rests, rejuvenates and recovers.
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