Concorde Blog - Feb 24, 2020
In our last post, we extolled the virtues of a great night's sleep. With daylight saving time coming to a close and long nights of studying ahead, you should understand the significant havoc that chronically poor sleep can wreak on your body. "Catching up" on sleep is possible, but it's not easy, according to Scientific American. Your sleep debt - the difference between the sleep you need and what you get - grows any time you skimp by burning the midnight oil and waking up with the sun. One or two mornings of sleeping in likely won't erase the deficit, and in the short term, you can expect your vision, memory, and driving skills to get worse. To return to a healthy sleeping pattern, add an hour or two per night for several months. Continuing to neglect needed sleep can result in serious long-term effects for both your physical health and your mental performance, which in turn can impact other people's health.
PHYSICAL HEALTHWhile some people view sleeping minimally as a badge of honor, the fact is that humans need sleep as much as food, water, and oxygen. While you sleep, your body performs routine maintenance on your mental and physical health, preparing you for the next day. When you shortchange your body of necessary sleep, your brain cannot function at its optimal level, which affects emotional state and cognition. Over the long haul, sleep deprivation increases your risk of chronic illnesses and inhibits coordination, balance and the ability to make sound decisions. Physical maladies that can result from or worsen due to lack of sleep include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease and heart attacks
- Increased appetite and obesity
- Reduced sex drive
- Premature skin aging