Sleeping is the natural, easily reversible state of living things that are marked by the loss of consciousness of one’s surroundings.
The body needs all the sleep it can get for better performance in daily activities.
Adequate sleep often helps maintain a healthy body balance, and not getting enough sleep can lower your sex drive, weakens your immune system, causes thinking issues and leads to weight gain.
When you don’t get enough sleep, it may increase your risk of certain diseases such as cancers and diabetes.
There are instances when lack of adequate sleep has resulted in road accidents.
Below are the health implications of not sleeping adequately:
• Prone to sickness
Losing sleep can impair your body’s ability to fight off illness. This makes it easier to get sick.
Researchers uncovered a reciprocal relationship between sleep and your immune system. You may lose additional sleep while your body fights off a bug if you get sick and haven’t had enough shut-eye.
• Cancer risk increases
Shortened sleep is associated with higher rates of breast cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer, according to the AASM’s sleep statement.
Overnight shift workers may take the brunt of this burden. The good news is that men and women who slept seven or more hours per night had the best mortality rates in the group.
• Causes serious health problems
Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can put your health at risk for:
High blood pressure
• Kills sex drive
Sleep specialists say sleep-deprived men and women report lower libidos and less interest in sex. Depleted energy, sleepiness, and increased tension may be largely to blame.
• Ages your skin
Most people have experienced sallow skin and puffy eyes after a few nights of missed sleep. But it turns out that chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes.
When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.
• Makes you forgetful
Trying to keep your memory sharp? Try to get plenty of sleep.
In 2009, American and French researchers determined that brain events called “sharp wave ripples” are responsible for consolidating memory. The ripples also transfer learned information from the hippocampus to the neocortex of the brain, where long-term memories are stored. Sharp wave ripples occur mostly during the deepest levels of sleep.
• Sleeplessness is depressing
Over time, lack of sleep and sleep disorders can contribute to the symptoms of depression. In a 2005 Sleep in America poll, people who were diagnosed with depression or anxiety were more likely to sleep less than six hours at night.
• Sleeplessness causes accidents
Studies show that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and injuries on the job. In one study, workers who complained about excessive daytime sleepiness had significantly more work accidents, particularly repeated work accidents. They also had more sick days per accident.
PHOTOS: Osinbajo at Museveni’s Inauguration in Kampala
Baba Ijesha: Davido calls Yomi Fabiyi ‘mumu’ for not wearing face mask during protest
Aki and Paw Paw remake set to hit the cinemas
APC governor won’t watch people needlessly denigrate Buhari – AbdulRazaq
Casey Stoney resigns as United female head coach
Nicki Minaj’s comeback picture crashes Crocs website
Museveni and nine other sit-tight African rulers
Eid el-Fitr: Tinubu urges Muslims to be better
FACT CHECK: 7,200 penises were NOT shipped from Nigeria to China
Baba Ijesha: Mum installed CCTV camera after suspecting sexual abuse
#PantamiResign: Nigerians ask communications minister to resign over alleged support for Taliban, Al-Qaeda
Man declares intention to marry Lagos amputee hawker after she gets N14m support
My daughter wasn’t suicidal – Father Of AKA’s fiancée at funeral service
Seyi Edun rocks baby bump in ‘thanksgiving’ video
PHOTOS: Lady, who begged for ₦5,000, allegedly refuses to refund N.5m mistakenly sent her by Dubai-based Nigerian
Twitter Snub: ‘Lai Mohammed, Adamu Garba sealed Nigeria’s fate with threats to CNN, Twitter’
VIDEO: Please don’t cry, we lost a champion – Adeboye speaks on son’s funeral
VIDEO: Suspected kidnapper takes police to location where weapons are hidden
VIDEO: Pastor Adefarasin advises Church members to have Plan B, escape route out of Nigeria in case…
Buhari sing, dances to ‘Don’t Worry’ by legendary Bob Marley in video shared by his aide
VIDEO: Commuters, motorists abandon vehicles during Mile 12 traffic robbery
VIDEO: How Ogun police officers harrassed, extorted me of N153,000 – LASU student
VIDEO: Policemen, Okada riders clash in Ogba
VIDEO: How Dare Adeboye celebrated last moments with family on 42nd birthday
Breaking24 hours ago
JUST IN: Manchester City win 2020/2021 Premier League title
News22 hours ago
Eid-Ul-Fitr: Police deploys 3,410 officers for celebration in Edo
General20 hours ago
PHOTOS: Oyedepo consoles Adeboye’s family, RCCG members in closing sermon at son’s farewell service
Entertainment11 hours ago
Iyabo Ojo drags Yomi Fabiyi in his comment section
General10 hours ago
PHOTOS: Pastor Dare Adeboye laid to rest
Entertainment23 hours ago
Genevieve Nnaji to feature in Fela’s musical show
General21 hours ago
PHOTOS: Boko Haram distributes cash, Ramadan handouts to Borno, Yobe villagers
News21 hours ago
Army begins manhunt for soldier who killed water melon trader