How many of you think that you get enough sleep constantly?
If I were to guess, I would say that not many of you. There is always something to do, somewhere to go or in case of teenagers something else better to do. I admit myself, that most of the time I do not get enough sleep. I either want to watch something or I have homework, or I simply hang out with friends. Whatever my excuse might be. I can definitely say, unfortunately, that most of the time I do not get enough sleep.
Sleeping is more important that we think. There are so many ways that sleep can influence that way we function, that we could hardly believe. On the long run if we do not get enough sleep we are less likely to retain the things we learn, and it makes it harder for us to understand concepts or processes. Furthermore, it can lead to various health problems such as: heart disease, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, diabetes etc. Over time, it also leaves traces on your body, and not just the classic dark circles around the eyes, but constant lack of sleep can also age your skin and make you gain weight. Because we tend to be grumpy when we do not get sleep, we tend to crave foods high in fat, and also our metabolism is slowed down and as a result, we burn calories a lot slower than usual.
As a result, it is safe to say that sleep should not be ignored anymore. It is part of a healthy lifestyle and by allowing yourself to get the proper amount of sleep, which for adults is between at least 6 and 8 hours, shows that you take care of your body and mind. Moreover, here are some benefits of getting the proper amount of sleep:
- Improved memory
- The risk of inflammations is reduced
- Improves performance for athletes
- Higher chance of having a healthy weight
- Lowers stress
- Lowers risk of depression and many more
Therefore, my dear readers try to get your sleep! Staying up late is not always the best options and even though the changes are not visible now, on the long run we will suffer from the consequences. Take of yourselves and stay healthy!
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Peri, Camille. “10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss”. WebMD. 2016. WEB.