What do you think happens to your body if you don’t get the right amount of sleep? Will you faint? Will you lose focus? Will you become weak? Truth is, the list of things that may happen to you is endless. Depriving your body of sleep may cause you to suffer health issues, weaken your immune system, and even result in weight gain.
Now, if you think you are alone, you’re wrong. There are lots of you all over the world. In fact, in America alone, 1 out of 3 adults don’t get enough sleep according to studies.
Meanwhile, if you are still not convinced that depriving your body of sleep has a negative impact on you, we suggest you read on below to know more.
1. You become prone to sickness.
Believe it or not, not getting the right amount of sleep can affect your body’s ability to combat bacteria and viruses that carry illnesses. That means you become prone to sickness.
Research suggests that there is a reciprocal relationship between the immune system of a human being and sleep. What does that mean? You might lose more sleep as your body combats illnesses whenever you are sick.
2. Your heart is affected.
No, we are not saying you become at risk for heartaches if you don’t sleep well. Although that is a possibility, it’s not what we are telling.
Less sleep and oversleeping have been proven to have a negative effect on heart health, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal. It specifically mentioned that the chances of developing a coronary heart disease or experiencing a stroke increases with sleep deprivation.
3. You become at risk for cancer.
In another study, it was found that a person who does not sleep right is very prone to cancer, particularly colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer. However, there is good news. It was also found that both men and women who slept at least 7 hours every day to survive and win over their battles.
4. You tend to lose focus.
Here’s something you should not disregard. Missing a night of sleep may already cause you to experience major cognitive problems or issues. A study was done by the Experimental Brain Research group to prove this.
Eighteen men were asked to participate in the task. They were given a task to complete. The first task was immediately completed after a night of full sleep. The second task was given after they skipped a night of sleep. Based on the result of the experiment, it was found that brain functions, such as reasoning, problem-solving, decision-making, and memory worsened after skipping sleep.
5. You become more forgetful.
Missing sleep does not only make you forgetful. In one research, it was indicated that not sleeping has a direct impact on memory and learning. That is the reason why researchers and medical experts recommend having at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep per day. With such amount of sleep, brain processes will stay normal.
6. You may gain weight.
The lack of sleep can cause you to gain more pounds. Those who have lack sleep night experience hormone imbalance, which may result in an increased appetite and a sudden craving for food with high-calorie content.
Although it is true that you can just burn those calories while you are awake, your effort won’t be enough to cancel out those added pounds, unless you take time to go to the gym and perform heavy exercises.
7. You become prone to accidents.
For sure, you have your own fair share of experience relating to sleep and accidents. Perhaps you have accidentally fallen off the stairs because you were too sleepy to notice you already need to step down. Or maybe you just saw the news that somebody got involved in a car accident because he fell asleep while driving.
As humans, we can never tell when an accident will happen. But you can do something to prevent it. One no-brainer thing you can do is to at least sleep well.
8. You become at risk for diabetes.
Aside from gaining weight, people who don’t sleep well are at risk of having adult-onset diabetes. To support this argument, researchers conducted a study focusing on diabetes and sleep. It was discovered that 7 to 8 hours of sleep is ideal to prevent any insulin-related issue that may eventually lead to diabetes.
9. Your overall looks will suffer.
If all that we mentioned above were not enough to convince you to get the right amount of sleep, then do it for your look’s sake.
In a study, participants, aged 30 to 50, were checked, evaluated, and assessed based on their sleep patterns, habits, and skin condition. The results shown that those who had little sleep had uneven skin colors, loose skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. They were the people who were dissatisfied and unhappy with their looks.
The individuals who were well-rested were glowing and radiant. They seemed to have no problems at all and were looking their best.
Other Things That May Happen
In addition to the 9 things we enumerated above, we’re listing a few more to ensure you do something with your sleeping habits. Unless you want to experience these possibilities yourself, you might want to start getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep now.
- Depriving yourself of sleep may affect your vision. The longer you stay awake, the more visual errors you see. Sometimes, you even reach to the point that you see hallucinations.
- If we sleep, our body slows down the production of urine. That is the exact reason why some people don’t usually pee in the night, unlike during the day. However, if a person is sleep deprived, he or she may experience nocturnal urine production, a condition that may be associated with bed wetting among kids.
- Even worse, sleep deprivation may cause you to mumble a lot. You may speak monotonously or slowly. You might have a hard time expressing your thoughts into words.
Give Yourself Enough Time to Sleep
Yes, many people nowadays are no longer getting enough sleep, but that does not mean you follow what they are doing. Make sleep a priority at all times and your body will thank you!
Author: Usman Raza is a freelance writer, marketing specialist at Zensleep and co-founder of Usman Digital Media. When not working, he’s probably spending time with his family.