You may think you are getting enough sleep with 6 hours a night, maybe less. You probably think you’re built for that lifestyle. Honestly, you are not. In rare occasions, some people can function the same with 5-6 hours of sleep. Most people do need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. The benefits of getting enough sleep will begin to show in your every day productivity and life. Ranging from your health, to mood, and even your sex life. You may want to think twice about staying up an hour or two later than you are supposed to.
1. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Your Mood!
Sleeping less will directly effect your next day! It can ultimately ruin your day as it effects your mood and increases your level of stress. Repeatedly getting insufficient sleep can cause symptoms of depression, lower self esteem, and more anxiety. Sleep deprivation has more of an effect on your mood than anything else, so think about how you want your day to go. It starts the night before when you are deciding to sleep early, or binge watching that Netflix series.
2. Improves Your Sex Life
Libido is defined as sexual desire. The less sleep one gets will lower their libido as well as increasing sexual problems. When you are sleeping your body is recovering, whether it be your muscles recovering from a work out, your metabolism working hard, or your testosterone levels, which boosts sexual drive for both men and women.
3. Mental Capabilities
Sleep deprivation effects everything about you and your mental functionality especially. Getting sufficient sleep will help you with short term memory, for adults and children. Sleep deprivation impairs your ability to learn and grasp things in your head. You may notice that when you are not fully rested it is harder to focus on anything. From people talking to you to even driving. Driving with little to no sleep is basically the same thing as driving under the influence. Drowsy driving is responsible for 100,000 crashes and 1,500 deaths every year.
4. Your Overall Health
Getting enough sleep will help prevent petty sicknesses like the common cold! When your immune system is strong and you are well rested, it will be harder for little viruses to get through. This saves you time and money in the long run. Those spending all their time awake are more inclined to getting sick and being under the weather.
At the end of the day, sleep is your decision if you don’t suffer from any sleep depriving illness, like insomnia. You should sleep at least seven to nine hours and you’ll reap the benefits of resting your body. The same way you charge your phone is the same way you should rest your body!