Sleep deprivation is a problem we’ve all had to face at least once in our lives. Sometimes it’s because of things that were out of our control, such as an emergency at work which results in us working late into the night, while other times our lack of sleep is due to a deliberate cause such as indulging in a marathon of our favourite movies and TV series when we should be getting to bed. We have all been guilty of having a late night at one point or another.
And because we’ve all been there we all know that not getting enough sleep is enough to result in us being sleep deprived and utterly miserable the next day.
A few bad nighttime habits can do long-lasting damage because often when to sleep all we end up with is bad sleep, and it does nothing to fulfil our need for rest and if anything does more damage. Lack of sleep is a phenomenon we’re all too familiar with, and like we’ve discussed there are many reasons for this. Though in some cases it can’t be helped, but we should all try to get proper sleep, as its deficiency has some very adverse effects on one’s immune system. Yes, bad sleep can affect your internal systems.
Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus. Lack of sleep or bad sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick. But there are more bad side effects than that.
Here are some of the effects of sleep deprivation and bad sleep:
Since you’re not properly rested, your mental faculties are not on the mark, meaning they can’t perform as effectively as you would need them to. You will feel more drowsy and have trouble focusing. This also carries a lot of danger as well, as you will be more prone to accidents as before. Do not attempt to drive or operate heavy machinery at work, when you haven’t been sleeping, as you will be twice as likely to get into an accident.
Dumbs you down:
We have just discussed how it causes cognitive impairment, but the effects can be reversed if the person gets proper restful sleep lasting 8 hours. But if the phenomenon persists, then it can have longer lasting and more adverse effects. Bad sleep causes cognitive impairment that affects alertness, concentration, reasoning and problem solving; and together that hinders your ability to learn. Secondly, it also affects the power of your mind to consolidate memories, if you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t be able to remember what you learned and experienced when you were awake.
If you’re trying to lose weight and you’re not getting enough sleep then I have bad news for you. Lack of sleep seems to be related to an increase in hunger and appetite and possibly has a connection to obesity. According to a 2004 study, people who sleep less than six hours a day were almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours. Rest is as important to your gains and losses in the gym as the actual workout, and if you’re experiencing bad sleep then all that effort you make will be for nothing.
Cytokines are proteins that are released into your body during sleep that helps fight any inflammation and infections. They also help you by promoting sleep. Sleep deprivation or bad sleep may decrease the production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep. This means that when you are not resting as you should be, you will be experiencing a weakened immune system.
Since there is no adequate production of the aforementioned protein, there is no first line of defence against more serious problems like obesity, diabetes, heart attacks and a number of other cardiovascular diseases. A lack of sleep puts you at a greater risk of getting these diseases.
The Risk of Death:
Living a longer more healthy life lies with getting the right amount of sleep on a regular basis. It can be very important to get adequate sleep as lack of it, or night after night of bad sleep can increase the possibility of your mortality at a younger age. And that risk increment is of all forms of causes, natural and otherwise when you take into consideration the dangers of working and/or driving while drowsy. Your body will be weaker, unable to defend itself from attack when you aren’t sleeping and that leaves you open to attack and later on, putting you at risk. So if you want to live a longer life, get some good quality sleep.
Many specialists argue that sleep-deprived people report lower libidos and loss of interest in sex. Depleted energy, sleepiness, and increased tension may be largely to blame. Lower hormonal levels were found in people getting less than 6 hours of sleep daily, but the numbers of these hormones were greater in people who had proper sleep.
Lower White Blood Cell Count:
Your white blood cells which are your very own defence against infections and viruses are produced at a lower rate when you are not getting enough sleep. A study was done and those who did not get adequate sleep displayed lower counts of white blood cells than those who had enough sleep.
Other effects of sleep deprivation may include, but limited to:
- Higher mortality rate
- Cognitive impairment
- Judgment impairment
- Skin damage
- Risk of weight gain
- Lower libido
- Increases forgetfulness
So we established that sleep deprivation and bad quality sleep is really bad for you, for your immune system, and for a variety of other things. If you want to remain healthy, you need adequate sleep.
How much sleep do you need to bolster your immune system? How much do you need to snooze to make sure your systems are working as they should?
The optimal amount of sleep for most adults is seven to eight hours of good sleep each night. Teenagers need nine to ten hours of sleep and school-aged children may need ten or more hours of sleep. Sometimes oversleeping is not a good idea, although it may sound good but in reality, it’s just as bad as sleep deprivation. So for a healthy body, the recommended amount of sound sleep is adequate. Anything lesser or greater than that amount and you are looking at disaster.
Take care of yourself with the right amount of sleep and your body and mind will thank you for it!
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