While asleep, your body restores chemical balances, makes thought connections, and strengthens your brain’s ability to process new information.
So, not getting enough sleep can cause slower thinking and reduced concentration. It can also negatively impact short-term and long-term memory.
You might also notice a rise in irritability when you’re overly tired. These sleep-deprived mood swings can negatively impact personal relationships, work, and other aspects of life.
Have you ever found yourself abnormally quick to anger or having extreme reactions to relatively minor annoyances, then taken a nap or gotten a good night’s sleep and woken up with a fresh perspective?
There’s a reason for the saying “woke up on the wrong side of the bed” because sufficient rest is essential for mood regulation.
Mental Health Decline
I know this is super similar to the first two examples, but there’s a reason I’m stressing the mental impact! Getting chronically poor sleep may contribute to mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.
While you’re dreaming, your body produces infection-fighting antibodies to protect your body.
Lack of the necessary sleep weakens your immune system, meaning your body’s defenses against foreign invaders and sicknesses are lowered, and you’re more likely to get sick when exposed to germs.
So, while it’s crucial to sleep all year, it’s wise to be extra careful to get enough sleep when it’s cold and flu season.
Increased Disease Risk
It’s not only viruses that we need to worry about when we’re sleep deprived. Constant, long-term sleep deprivation can increase the risk for several chronic diseases.
Your body works on healing and repairing itself during sleep, including heart and blood vessels, and supports the growth of hormones that your body needs to build muscles, cells, and tissues that affect all bodily functions.
Allowing yourself to rest fully for at least 7 hours a day is, therefore, vital for keeping your heart, brain, and other organs healthy. It’s also essential for regulating blood sugar, blood pressure, inflammation, etc.
Unsurprisingly, sleep deprivation and insomnia are linked to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, strokes, and more.
It can also worsen chronic conditions such as respiratory disease, diabetes, and even arthritis.
As I’ve explained previously, your body rebuilds itself and forms muscles while sleeping.
Pairing strength training and muscle growth with sleep can genuinely aid with fat loss.
We’ve talked a lot about the importance of sleep in the past here at CleanFoodCrush, and I hope this article helped explain in a little more detail WHY we stress this particular aspect of healthy living.
Sleep deprivation and its consequences are real and something that we can avoid!