If you wake up feeling tired and not at your best, and would rather go back to sleep than get dressed and go to work, you’re not alone. Insufficient sleep has become such a deep-rooted part of our busy lives that billions of people in Western societies don’t even think much about how little sleep they’re getting night after night.
If you don’t get enough sleep occasionally, it would not be a big issue because you could make up for it later. But if you don’t get a good night’s rest almost every night, you could be seriously compromising your health.
In fact, sleep ranks up there with nutrition and exercise when it comes to staying healthy. It doesn’t matter how many hours you work out in the gym or how clean and nutritious your diet may be, without getting enough sleep, you can’t hope to achieve optimum health.
You may not be getting enough sleep for any number of reasons:
One reason you may not be actively working to resolve your sleep problems is that you don’t think it’s a big deal to feel slightly sleep deprived the next day. After all, with enough coffee and activity during the day, the sluggish feeling fades away.
Here are 5 reasons why you must make feeling well-rested every day an important lifestyle choice:
1. Poor sleep can increase weight gain.
If you don’t get enough sleep, you increase your risk of weight gain and obesity-- because lack of sleep disrupts the appetite-regulating hormones ghrelin and leptin. Poor sleep causes ghrelin levels to rise and leptin levels to fall, which makes you feel constantly hungry.
2. Poor sleep puts you at risk for health problems.
Numerous health issues have been linked to people who get too little sleep.
3. Poor sleep reduces your cognitive abilities.
People who regularly don’t get enough sleep suffer from a reduced ability to concentrate and be productive. The greater the level of sleep deprivation, the harder it is for an individual to solve problems or remember things. They also lose their ability to recognize social cues like other people’s anger, sadness, or happiness.
4. Poor sleep affects mood.
While we all accept someone’s grumpy mood with a humorous quip if they didn’t get enough sleep, chronic sleep deprivation can create high levels of depression and apathy.
5. Poor sleep reduces performance.
While insufficient sleep is most noticeable in athletic performance, it can also affect job performance. When someone is feeling depressed, can’t think clearly, or fails to respond to social cues, they can jeopardize their jobs as their work performance begins to deteriorate.
In conclusion, chronic sleep deprivation can ruin your health, wealth, and relationships. One common reason why people don’t address this issue is that the adverse effects of getting too little sleep are subtle. It takes time for the negative ramifications of ongoing sleep deprivation to become obvious.