Growing up, the ‘early to bed, early to rise’ chant was what a lot of parents used to make us get enough sleep but, several people let go of that when we start tertiary studies and working.
Quite true, is the fact that most of our activities have us staying up late because of a seeming ‘lack of enough day time’ to get things done. However, staying up late on purpose and cultivating that habit has now become a fun activity and we find a lot of people bragging about how little sleep they need to function (with the aid of caffeinated drinks, of course).
Ever wondered why little kids wake up with so much energy and bright eyes while you struggle to have your bath and get dressed for the day? Simple, they sleep enough!
Yeah, insomnia braggings are flooding your timeline but these individuals are creating more damage to their bodies and brain than they know. Still in doubt? Here are five reasons why you need to get more sleep!
~IMPROVING YOUR FOCUS
The top side effect of inadequate sleep is being disoriented. When you wake up after a night of very little rest, you are bound to feel drained and groggy.
Losing a grip on your consciousness makes you function at less than is expected. When your body is at rest, your mind and brain take that time to relax but when you push your body past its limits, your brain reacts in tune.
Adequate sleep helps your mind and body get ready for the day and sharpens your focus!
~BETTER PHYSICAL HEALTH
As a young adult/adult, 7-8hours of sleep is the prescribed amount for a good night’s rest. What this does is that it prepares your body for the day ahead, all the stress and pressure from the past day gets worked out while you sleep. You relax and allow your body refresh itself for the next day’s business.
When your body rests for the required number of hours, you gain more energy and avoid the lethargic feeling of wariness in the next day.
So with more sleep, your physical health constantly remains at peak condition.
When you are fatigued as a result of inadequate rest, it takes a toll on your emotions and mood which in turn affect your behavior.
In a lot of cases, anxiety and depression have been side effects of below minimal sleep. These two are the biggest issues when it comes to interpersonal relationships.
So, to maintain your social lifestyle and avoid hurting your interactions as a result of fatigue, get as much sleep as you can for your emotions to be at a balance that wouldn’t affect your behavior during the day.
~STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM
The human immune system is what helps to fight against diseases and their causative bacteria. This system is designed to self repair but can only do that when the body is at rest.
Without giving your body the rest it needs, your immune system won’t be able to provide the defense you need.
Believe it or not, weight loss is associated with sleep. When your body is at rest, digestion takes place a lot better than when it is not.
While some people may be of the opinion that too much sleep helps with weight gain but reverse is actually the case.
When your body doesn’t rest as it should, it holds on to all the calories and nutrients and makes them do the work that’s needed to keep you awake and functioning.
Enough sleep equals enough nutrients which equals healthy weight.