Why You Need to Sleep 8 Hours Every Night

In 1880, before the invention of the light bulb, people slept over ten hours a night on average. These days you’d be hard-pressed to name three people who sleep eight.

Making excuses for not going to sleep at night is surprisingly easy. And having legitimate reasons for not sleeping in late is even more common.

The effects of sleep deprivation can be massive, and influence many aspects of your life.

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Sleep Deprivation Effects Your Health

There have been many studies linking lack of sleep to health. Many of which will effect your overall mood, as well.

A lack of sleep can lead to weight gain

Not sleeping enough can cause a hormonal imbalance that directly affects your appetite. An increase in the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, and a decrease in leptin, which suppresses it.

If you’re spending an hour a day at the gym or twelve hours a day stressing out about your diet, and then sleeping five hours at night, you are doing yourself more harm than good.

Increased susceptibility to some major health problems

Specifically, chronic lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of both diabetes and fibromyalgia.

Diabetes can cause you to require a restricted diet, and fibromyalgia is just a way to say “you will be in pain basically all the time.”

Long term effects of sleep deprivation can also interfere with the body’s ability to regulate glucose. Basically, you’re going to mess up your blood pressure in a way that may be permanent. Which means heart problems later in life.

Sleep more now, and live longer later.

Sleep Deprivation Just Makes You a Jerk

If the effects on your health aren’t enough to convince you, why not consider how it effects your mood.

Tired people are irritable

When you’re irritable it means you’re prone to over-reactions.

When someone does something that’s sort of annoying it’s normal to tell them to stop. It’s not normal to threaten to burn their shirt down.

If you have a history of getting overly frustrated, you’re probably not getting enough sleep.

You’re a jerk when you’re depressed

Many cases of clinical depression are linked to, cause, or are a direct result of a chronic lack of sleep.

If you are feeling down and out, you’re going to be generally less agreeable for no good reason. And that makes you a jerk. Especially if you could make everyone happier by prioritizing rest. Which is an easy thing to do.

Sleep Deprivation Drains Your Charisma

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who looks like they’re about to fall asleep? They look bored. They look disinterested. And they probably are, because they’re too tired to care.

When you are obviously over-tired everybody knows it. And that can damage your relationships, your career, and in the long-term – your self image.

How You Can Sleep Better

Even if you can’t sleep the full eight hours on any individual night, you should be doing your best to ensure that you sleep well as much as possible. By instituting a proper sleep routine that you follow every single night, you can ensure that you are well rested every single day.

Not everybody actually requires a full eight hours sleep, but even if you don’t need it, don’t you want it?

  • http://blog.healthylivingnow.org Genie @ Healthy Living Now

    You are absolutely right! Many of us do not take our sleep quotient seriously enough. We are overworked, underpaid, and lacking sleep. As a result, we lose so much more than we gain, including relationships because of our moodiness and extreme irritability.

    It is important to note that lack of sleep also causes weight gain; so for anyone trying to lose weight, lacking sleep and wondering why you are gaining instead of losing, try getting adequate sleep. We all have a sleep number – the amount of hours sleep that makes us feel, look, and act well. Get to know yours and stick with it!

    Very informative post! Thanks for sharing!

    “If we all treat each other like we treat ourselves – what a wonderful place earth would be.”

  • http://- Too much swag 4u

    I haven’t slept in like, 52 hours or so….
    Guess I’m screwed lolz ;p