One in three people suffers from poor sleep. And the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus. Watch our short video or keep reading to learn more.
1. Perform Better
Poor sleep affects your cognitive abilities. You’ll find it very difficult to make decisions at work, at home, even on the road if you’ve had a bad night’s kip. When you’re taking a long journey, make sure you can get plenty of rest otherwise you’ll increase your risk of injury and accidents.
2. Mental health
A poor night’s sleep will make you irritable and moody the next day. We’ve all experienced what’s like to get out of bed on the wrong side but the long term affects can be far worse.
Research shows that, if you’re affected by chronic lack of sleep, it can lead to long-term mood disorders like depression and anxiety.
3. Immune system
Many of us have likely experienced what it is like to wake up after a bad night’s sleep to find ourselves overwhelmed by a nasty cold. In fact, prolonged lack of sleep disrupts your immune system, so you’re less able to fend off bugs.
If you seem to catch every cold and flu going around, your sleep pattern could be to blame.
4. Weight gain
Studies show that people who sleep less than seven hours tend to gain more weight. This might be because they have reduced levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and increased levels of ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone).
A good night’s sleep could help you stay lean and, if nothing else, it will make refusing fast food a lot easier.
5. Long term effects
Studies suggest that sleeping less than 5 hours a night can lead to diabetes and high blood pressure.
Having sleep problems means your blood pressure stays higher for a longer amount of time. And high blood pressure is one of the leading risks for heart disease and stroke.
If you don’t get enough sleep, don’t rely on short-term solutions like caffeine.
There’s only one thing to do: get more sleep.
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