We all know that less sleep can hinder our daily mental functioning. We feel drained and even if we try, or we think we are. We can’t seem to concentrate on work, studies, exams etc.
But there’s a lot of functions in our body that take place when we are sleeping. Repair, recovery and certain daily functions in the body are done when you get enough sleep.
Now, imagine that you’re trying to finish that presentation for work or you’ve got homework to submit tomorrow and suddenly your laptop goes off, or the lights go out. You cannot complete what you set out to do. Just like that, if you disrupt your sleep, your body won’t recover well and you won’t be efficient the following day.
Matthew Walker (sleep specialist) says that If you think an afternoon nap can cover up for the lack of sleep last night, you’re wrong. Lost sleep for a night cannot be recovered.
What happens when I don’t sleep enough?
Your body doesn’t recover, so if you workout you always end up feeling sore for more than 2 days.
Your immunity drops.
There is a drop in sex drive.
Lack of sleep causes stress to your body, increases cortisol levels and induces weight gain.
Chronic sleep deprivation can also cause blood pressure problems and heart diseases.
How long should I sleep for?
Every individual has their own threshold of sleep. Some function at their best with 6-7 hours of sleep but some at 8-10 hours.
An Individual should ideally sleep for somewhere between 6-8 hours every night!