So I have written many articles about the benefits of getting a good night’s rest and how it can promote healthy habits such as eating right and regular exercise as well as a sharp mind and tact. Sleep deprivation can do much damage to the human body, and because we need sleep for survival, its not exactly the best idea to skip out on it on a daily basis. There is an old saying that reads “Hard work beats talent when talent stops working hard.” I completely understand those late nights staying up and working hard on projects and such, but there should not be any reason a person should be skipping out on sleep every night, and then bragging about it to their peers the following day – and I have encountered many who live for these ‘bragging rights’.
The truth is that sleep loss is a dangerous ordeal that can lead to a plethora of symptoms that describe depression and can lead to health problems such as weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Because sleep is so crucial to the way that your mind processes things, it would be safe to say that a lack of sleep would aid in dumbing a person down. People I’ve encountered who brush sleep off as just another nuisance tend to be forgetful, and somewhat neurotic. Sleep repairs a persons memory and brain function, so without it, you might be able to see why it would be easy to forget many things. Insomnia and depression go hand-in-hand most of the time, because depression makes it hard to fall asleep and without sleep depression is worsened.
Lack of sleep causes weight gain in multiple ways. One of which is that it depletes the leptin (a hormone that sends the brain a signal when a person is full) levels in ones blood, which in turn does not suppress our appetites, which in turns gives us the kind of appetite to let us eat as if we were little piggies. It also stimulates our ghrelin levels, or stimulates our cravings for fatty, sugary, junky foods. If you are trying to lose weight and have begun a new diet or exercise routine, getting the proper amount of rest, at least four nights a week, will do a body much justice by increasing one’s energy and decreasing their cravings for fatty foods.
Sleep deprivation can reduce one’s sex drive. First of all, if you are gaining weight and picking up unhealthy habits due to your lack of sleep, that for one will be an indicator of a decreased libido. Leading a healthy lifestyle is just as important as getting all of your work projects done and making room for socializing. However, being exhausted leaves no room for another person in your bed. When you are tired you won’t feel as comfortable in trying to be sexy, and sleep deprivation does wonders in terms of hormone production: that’s right, it decreases a man’s testosterone which in turn leads a an unhealthy libido.
With all of these factors working together in harmony due to sleep deprivation, it can lead to a higher risk of death in a person. You might infer that by a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and multiple other features that accompany sleep loss will in the end, lead to a more stressed out lifestyle, which can lead to of course, a higher risk of death. So be careful when you are working into the late hours of the night and try not to prolong your sleep deprivation for any longer than you have too. Be careful and get the proper rest because it’ll do your body wonders. Don’t be afraid to look into new bedding if that is what is keeping you up at night, a scratchy blanket or a creaky bed can all relate to a harder time falling asleep at night.