Not getting enough sleep? You’re actually torturing yourself!
Every time you don’t get enough sleep, you put your body through a decline in health and well being.
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Sleep is so important. It’s always been obvious that it is an enormous part in staying healthy, but people never really tell you why.
So let me open up with a story that can summarise to you why good sleep is so crucial:
“I didn’t really think sleep was necessary,” my friend Sophie told me before our exam, “if I could do better in this subject by studying more.” And although she did smash her exams with flying colours, (and I’m very proud of her for that,) sleeping so little evidently took a toll on her.
A week later she was still recovering.
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Sophie was struggling to get into her usual sleeping habits, resorting to bingeing on her cappuccinos with 2 sugars to stay remotely aware and wandering around the campus like a zombie without a drive.
Remember, only a single day of little sleep did this to her. Imagine what would’ve happened if it was 2 days, or even 3.
Well good thing you don’t have to imagine, because science has found that out for you!
Sleeping less than 7 hours a day not only makes you drowsy but also impairs your decision making skills, drastically reduces reaction times and is just straight up terrible for your health.
Does that sound familiar?
Yes, being sleep deprived is like chugging a couple of beers every morning and then going straight to work.
Sleep Deprivation can make you act similarly to being drunk, a study shows.
And if the majority of us know not to drink and drive, why are we sleep-deprived and driving? Why are we sleep-deprived while doing anything?
It sounds pretty silly doesn’t it?
But we know many people that do it- heck, even I do it sometimes. Whether its to finish watching the latest Game of Thrones episode or cramming in those last few pages of lecture notes for the exam, we are all guilty of doing this to ourselves. It’s no secret.
Okay, so we’ve talked briefly about how getting too little sleep affects your day to day functioning. But now let’s delve into a scenario where you get no sleep at all.
Pulling all nights over a few days is more torturous than you realise.
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Sleep deprivation is actually used as an interrogation technique on prisoners held in captivity. Having a lack of sleep leaves you mentally drained, and being in that state makes it harder to lie or even to realise what reality is. Interrogators exploit this, and usually question suspects when they grow tired, when all they want to do is to desperately doze off to sleep.
Preventing someone from sleeping for 2 days causes them to be extremely disorientated. At 3 days, it crosses ethical lines because people start to go insane and have hallucinations of things that aren’t really there.
I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty scary stuff.
Although getting poor sleep can never be compared to getting none, you now know that sleep is no joking matter.
So the next time you think sleep can always be compromised for whatever activity you want to do, think again. Sleeping for less than 7 hours on a daily basis will not only have immediate effects, but long term effects on your mental and physical health.
Sleeping does nothing but good for your body! All of your organs will love you for resting your head on a pillow, so consider how drained they become from working overtime and start giving them enough rest.