9 Reasons to Get More Sleep

If you’re like most twenty-somethings, you probably don’t get enough sleep. Either you’re slaving away in your cubicle or you’re bar-hopping after the workday is done, or maybe even both. But sleep deprivation can have long-term negative effects you can’t fix with a nap or a Red Bull. Let’s face it: a life without sleep is a life without dreams, which is pretty bleak. So we’ve compiled this list of compelling reasons to help us all unplug and hit the sack.

1. Sleep deprivation can cause weight gain.

A 2004 study found that people who slept less than 6 hours a night were 30% more likely to become obese than those who slept more. Sleep deprivation has been also shown to increase appetite, making it even more likely you’ll pack on the pounds.

2. Sleep deprivation impairs your decision-making skills.

Exhaustion can actually impair your ability to make decisions. A study from Washington State University Spokane found that sleep-deprived subjects were not only unable to focus on details in their environment, but they also couldn’t adapt quickly to changing circumstances.

3. Sleep deprivation is bad for your memory.

If you’re struggling to remember what you happened at your weekly meeting, you might not be spending enough time with your pillow. Lack of sleep negatively affects your memory formation.

4. Sleep deprivation impairs your heart health.

Stroke risk may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you pull an all-nighter. But sleep deprivation has been linked to increased blood pressure, a risk factor for stroke. It’s also been linked to increased likelihoods for diabetes and irregular heart rhythms.

5. Sleep deprivation increases your pain sensitivity.

As if the other effects weren’t bad enough, studies have found that sleep deprivation can increase your sensitivity to pain. And for those who suffer from chronic pain, it creates a vicious cycle where your increased pain sensitivity makes it harder for you to sleep, increasing your pain sensitivity yet again.

6. Sleep deprivation can damage your skin.

No matter how much water you drink or sunscreen you apply, it won’t make your face radiant if you’re not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause the collagen in your skin to break down. Collagen is what keeps your skin smooth and wrinkle-free. As annoying as it is to get carded, you probably don’t want to look so mature you can leave your ID at home.

7. Sleep deprivation can reduce stress.

If your ideal Friday night – or any night of the week if we’re being honest – consists of your bed and your pajamas, you’re not alone. But have you ever examined why? Sleeping can actually be one of the easiest ways to reduce stress. The less tired we are, the better equipped we are to conquer our to-do lists.

8. Sleep deprivation makes you less alert.

This one is definitely something we’ve all experienced. Missing a night of sleep, or even a couple of hours for that matter, can make you feel sluggish. Think this isn’t a big deal? Think again. Feeling sluggish means your reaction times are slowed, which can be dangerous when you’re driving to work. That extra sleep might be the difference between avoiding that deer in your headlights and ending up with it on your windshield.

9. Sleep deprivation can cause depression.

Did you know that lack of sleep may cause depression? A 2007 study found that people who suffered from insomnia were five times more likely to develop depression than those who didn’t.

Think we missed any? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Tweet us @SuperheroYou!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

Photo Credit: iphone.john via Compfight cc

If you’re like most twenty-somethings, you probably don’t get enough sleep. Either you’re slaving away in your cubicle or you’re bar-hopping after the workday is done, or maybe even both. But sleep deprivation can have long-term negative effects you can’t fix with a nap or a Red Bull. Let’s face it: a life without sleep is a life without dreams, which is pretty bleak. So we’ve compiled this list of compelling reasons to help us all unplug and hit the sack.

1. Sleep deprivation can cause weight gain.

A 2004 study found that people who slept less than 6 hours a night were 30% more likely to become obese than those who slept more. Sleep deprivation has been also shown to increase appetite, making it even more likely you’ll pack on the pounds.

2. Sleep deprivation impairs your decision-making skills.

Exhaustion can actually impair your ability to make decisions. A study from Washington State University Spokane found that sleep-deprived subjects were not only unable to focus on details in their environment, but they also couldn’t adapt quickly to changing circumstances.

3. Sleep deprivation is bad for your memory.

If you’re struggling to remember what you happened at your weekly meeting, you might not be spending enough time with your pillow. Lack of sleep negatively affects your memory formation.

4. Sleep deprivation impairs your heart health.

Stroke risk may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you pull an all-nighter. But sleep deprivation has been linked to increased blood pressure, a risk factor for stroke. It’s also been linked to increased likelihoods for diabetes and irregular heart rhythms.

5. Sleep deprivation increases your pain sensitivity.

As if the other effects weren’t bad enough, studies have found that sleep deprivation can increase your sensitivity to pain. And for those who suffer from chronic pain, it creates a vicious cycle where your increased pain sensitivity makes it harder for you to sleep, increasing your pain sensitivity yet again.

6. Sleep deprivation can damage your skin.

No matter how much water you drink or sunscreen you apply, it won’t make your face radiant if you’re not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause the collagen in your skin to break down. Collagen is what keeps your skin smooth and wrinkle-free. As annoying as it is to get carded, you probably don’t want to look so mature you can leave your ID at home.

7. Sleep deprivation can reduce stress.

If your ideal Friday night – or any night of the week if we’re being honest – consists of your bed and your pajamas, you’re not alone. But have you ever examined why? Sleeping can actually be one of the easiest ways to reduce stress. The less tired we are, the better equipped we are to conquer our to-do lists.

8. Sleep deprivation makes you less alert.

This one is definitely something we’ve all experienced. Missing a night of sleep, or even a couple of hours for that matter, can make you feel sluggish. Think this isn’t a big deal? Think again. Feeling sluggish means your reaction times are slowed, which can be dangerous when you’re driving to work. That extra sleep might be the difference between avoiding that deer in your headlights and ending up with it on your windshield.

9. Sleep deprivation can cause depression.

Did you know that lack of sleep may cause depression? A 2007 study found that people who suffered from insomnia were five times more likely to develop depression than those who didn’t.

Think we missed any? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Tweet us @SuperheroYou!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

Photo Credit: iphone.john via Compfight cc

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