“ I can’t focus”
“I wake up feeling tired – wtf?”
“I am annoyed by everything and everyone around me – what’s wrong with me?”
If you can relate – I’m sooo sure most of you listened to themselves while reading– then, most probably, your problem is that you don’t sleep enough or that you don’t really enjoy quality sleep. I won’t start by saying how important sleep is for you etc etc, our parents have bombarded us with this monologue. I’ll be straightforward and you’d better open your eyes wide and enlarge your ears to reach Dumbos’ size. This is how important sleep is.
HOW SLEEP DEPRIVATION AFFECTS YOU
- You’re more likely to gain weight.
Leptin, your satiety hormone, is significantly reduced when you are sleep deprived. Since leptin plays an important role in appetite control and metabolism, having low levels of this hormone results in hunger not being naturally suppressed. Therefore your appetite and cravings increase.
- You are at a higher risk for illness. Need I say more?
- Your body is more susceptible to stress.
The immune system does not function optimally; so inflammatory proteins and blood sugar levels rise in response to lower levels of insulin being released throughout the night. All of these negative effects on the body contribute to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and infection.
THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY SLEEP
Critical bodily activities occur during the sleep state, so take notes:
- Internal organs rest and recover.
- Tissue repair, muscle growth, and protein synthesis primarily occur during sleep.
- Hormones are released and help to regulate appetite control, stress, growth, metabolism, and other bodily functions.
- Memory consolidation occurs, allowing for the formation and storage of new memories, which is essential for learning new information.
Benefits of quality sleep include:
- Increased energy to make beneficial lifestyle choices (cooking, exercise, self-care, etc.)
- Strengthened immune system.
- Heightened alertness, focus, and creativity.
- Improved mood by reducing anxiety, irritability, and mental exhaustion.
- Increased libido (sex drive).
Remember this equation:
Better & more sleep -> better you -> happy you!