Nowadays, most people are considering sleep as a luxury, especially adults. That is why many are not getting enough sleep because they normally set their work as their top priority and put sleep in the last of their list. They think that the little sleep they had, the better it is for them because they believe that time is being wasted when they are sleeping.
But research shows that if you want to be healthy, having a quality sleep is crucial. Depriving yourself of sleep will affect your entire mind and body. Having enough sleep helps the mind and body in so many ways such as not being drowsy in daytime, having better concentration, not irritable, better balance and better productivity.
Health benefits of having proper sleep
If you had tried working all day without sleep or just try watching TV for 24 hours, you will see yourself weaker the next morning or sometimes you will even find yourself with a cold. It is not a coincidence. This happens because
sufficient sleep is vital to our immune system. Depriving yourself of it makes our bodies vulnerable to disease and infections.
This also helps repair and restore our neurons. Neurons are passages of our nervous system where both of our voluntary and involuntary commands are carried out. Optional commands include moving your arms, feet, and head. Automatic controls, on the other hand, include breathing and the process of digestion.
The ability to focus and concentrate is strengthened after the body and mind are rested during sleep. The brain continues to work in rest by organizing and consolidating the various sensory impressions received during the day in the form of memory.Sleep does a lot more than just keep you skinny and uninterested in food. It also helps to maintain your emotional stability.
You would know that the sleep you had is not enough if you had slept for less than 8 hours. If you suffer from sleep deprivation (sleep of less than 8 hours), you would probably experience the difficulty of waking up in the morning, poor job performance and feeling moody or being easily irritated all day.
There are many problems caused by lack of sleep such as the increase in blood pressure and cholesterol levels causing an increased risk of heart attack, diabetes, obesity, and susceptibility to infections. Many days of going without sleep cause hallucinations and other mental problems.