It seems that almost everybody is aware of the importance of sleep. A good night’s slumber and waking up feeling refreshed is not only beneficial for coping with the day’s challenge but throughout life, especially in terms of health.
It may be true that a good deal of people have acknowledged how critical sleep is, there’s still a large portion of people who do not get sufficient sleep.
Of course, staying up the odd night to watch a gripping TV show or losing track of time when out with friends is acceptable. The real problem is continued sleep deprivation and it can play medical havoc a lot more than you may think.
Our immune systems are critical. They fight off disease and infection and are usually pretty good at it. During sleeping hours, the immune system produces cells and antibodies ready to tackle microbes.
Less sleep means that there isn’t as much time for your immune system to produce these antibodies and in turn, you won’t be as well guarded against bacteria, viruses and other potentially harmful risks. It’s also very likely that it will take longer to recoup from even minor ailments such as colds.
respiratory system is in charge of the ongoing works of the lungs and is largely responsible for your breathing. It is essential to protect it and ensure that it stays able to provide for your body.
A weakened immune system as a result of sleep deprivation can have an adverse impact on the respiratory system as the chances of breathing restricting illnesses, such as cold and influenza increase. Chronic lung diseases can also be worsened by sleep deprivation.
Along with overeating and not exercising, a lack of sleep has been attributed as a key component of obesity.
When you don’t get enough sleep, production of stress and hunger hormones is increased and hormones that tell the brain that you’ve eaten enough are lowered making it sometimes impossible to know when you’re full.
The body can also release more insulin after eating which not only increases fat storage but also increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The cardiovascular system is one of the most important parts of the body. It focuses on the heart and lungs, pumping blood that the body needs to survive.
When you sleep, the body repairs blood vessels to optimise them for blood flow. This action can be negatively affected by not sleeping enough and can lead to chronic issues such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
Those who are gaining weight from sleep deprivation are increasing their chances of cardiovascular problems, both of which can be helped by snoozing properly.
Your nervous system can also be in danger if you regularly ignore the fact that you need seven to nine hours of good quality sleep.
Your brain can become tired, unable to work as effectively as it should and greatly reduce your memory functions, cognitive abilities and capacity to learn and concentrate.
People who have depression on top of sleep deprivation can be subject to mania and make their condition worse.
Getting to Sleep
Of course, not every single night is going to end with you in bed for a good number of hours. It is important however that lack of sleep is nothing more than sporadic.
Sometimes people just can’t sleep, whether for one night or every single night. The most common reason for this is an unsuitable mattress that needs to be changed. Not every instance of sleep deprivation is caused by a bed mattress, but those that are can usually see instant improvements when replacing the mattress.
If your mattress is over seven years old, showing visible deterioration or you find yourself waking up regularly in the middle of the night then it should be replaced as soon as possible to allow you to sleep in peace and comfort
Whilst we may be tempted to ignore the importance of sleep, the often forgotten health benefits undoubtedly outweigh that extra TV episode or that five more minutes of work. In fact, if you get enough slumber in tonight, you can do so much more tomorrow, relaxed and refreshed, ready for the day ahead.
Tieece Gordon writes on behalf of online mattress retailer Sloane & Sons. The company believes wholeheartedly in the importance of sleep and aims to ensure everybody has the base to help nod off at night and wake up in the morning in comfort.
*Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Zensorium.
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