We’ve all had those times where work, stress, kids and many other things caused us to lose sleep.
But when it continues on for a long period of time, a lack of sleep can have severe consequences on your health and make you more susceptible to serious medical conditions and diseases.
Everyone has heard that sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure – – but that’s not even the worst of it.
Want kids? Want sex? Want money?
That’s right, your out of pocket costs for healthcare increases substantially when you develop conditions and diseases.
Read on for eight reasons a good night’s sleep can boost your health:
1. Better Reflexes and Thinking
Ever wonder why all those studies show that tired driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving? Not only are you at risk of falling asleep, but when you are tired your reaction time suffers. You will be slow at analyzing situations and reacting quickly. Your ability to make decisions safely can impact you and the others around you.
2. Sleep Prevents Diabetes
According to many studies, people who sleep less than five hours a night have an increased risk of developing diabetes. When you lose sleep constantly, the way your body processes glucose changes substantially. This change often leads to Type 2 diabetes.
3. Boost Your Immunity
Do you always catch that nasty flu virus that is going around? Do you easily pick up random colds? Your immune system relies heavily on getting a full 8 hours of sleep.
4. More Sleep Equals More Sex
Research shows that people who don’t get a full night’s sleep are at risk in the bedroom. These studies show that both men and women who are sleep deprived are more likely to have lower libido.
5. Sleep Deprivation Causes Weight Gain
You’ve been trying every thing you can think of to lose weight. You cut out sugars and carbs. You’ve limited your alcohol intake. You haven’t skipped your daily exercise in months. But somehow, those pounds still won’t come off.
Well, now it’s time to stop watching those late night infomercials. Get rid of the diet pills. A lack of sleep could be the likely culprit.
Several studies have shown that people who sleep less than eight hours a day are likely to gain more weight and have a higher risk of becoming obese than those who get more than eight hours.
6. Sleep Helps Prevent Depression
Turns out that people who don’t put eight hours of mattress time in each night also have a high rate of anxiety and depression. You know the drill. You wake up in a bad mood and you are irritable all day.
7. Lower Your Heart Risk
Research shows that sleeping less than 5 hours a day increases the risk of heart attacks by as much as 45%.
That’s crazy! Yeah, we know – – so starting now make sure you get a full 8 hours. Not only will you decrease your blood pressure (and the number of pills you take), you will lower your heart rate and decrease the amount of inflammation.
8. Trying to Have a Baby?
Some studies suggest that some infertility issues are closely related to a lack of sleep.
And hey ladies, this advice isn’t just for the men!
Losing sleep can cause a reduction in the secretion of reproductive hormones.