Running yourself thin and burning the midnight oil seems like a good option to make more money and progress at the workspace. But if you want to be grumpy and want to have that progress short lived, it is a great option. But if you want that growth to be consistent getting a good night’s sleep is a good option. Also, it sleep deprivation is an open invitation for chronic diseases.
Many health disorders like obesity and heart conditions can also be avoided by daily regulated sleep. Scientists have repeatedly clarified that at least every one in three of us suffer from sleep deprivation because of stress, computers and working long hours even from home.
Scientists have also found that unregulated sleep, anything less than eight hours is bad for health. If you want to function optimally at the workplace and not be cranky, tired or yawning all day, sleep as soon as your body signals it.
Here is a list of nine ways that highlight why sleep deprivation will hinder your progress at work and also cause a lot of health disorders for you:
- Daytime Fatigue –
If you have ever spent the night unable to sleep because work has been on your mind, you know that the next day at work you feel very tired. You also continually desire a nap no matter how important the meeting you are attending may be. You feel sluggish the entire day and procrastinate important work till you get some decent shut-eye. And then that keeps you up that night. That is a vicious cycle.
- Impulsive Behavior – An often understated side-effect of sleep deprivation is that it causes people to act out or lash out at inopportune moments. As decision making and concentration is heavily impaired because of the lack of sleep, impulsive behavior in only a natural progression.
- Paranoia –
One core reason why sleep deprivation is bad for health is that is severely affects the central nervous system. When a person sleeps, the central nervous system forms many neural connections between the brain and the rest of the body. When the body does not get enough sleep, the brain does not get its desired rest and neurons start firing randomly. That means paranoia seeps in.
- Sleep deprivation causes depression – As the central nervous system is unable to function properly because the brain does not get enough rest, the human body becomes more prone to hallucinating and psychological risks. One of these psychological risks is depression because a person’s emotional state and mental facilities are affected. People become more impatient and are more prone to mood swings.
- Suicidal thoughts –
Another reason why the lack of sleep is bad for health is because it causes mania in people, which means people are more susceptible to manic depression. That means the brain begins to hallucinate when fatigue begins to set in. Which means that suicidal thoughts and the desire to end it all, is not too far behind even if it just because the brain is not properly rested.
- Excessive and Micro Sleepiness – The lack of sleep causes the body’s internal system to malfunction. This may birth the desire to either sleep excessively or fall asleep for seconds at a time. Both are very harmful because excessive sleep makes the body unwilling to work normally and micro-sleep can strike at any time. Even when you are driving, it can cause loss of life to you or others.
- Respiratory Problems –
If your sleep cycle is disturbed, the body’s respiration system is also affected. Sleep Deprivation causes the body to be susceptible to ailments such as the common cold and flu. Not to mention it can make existing medical conditions and breathing problems much worse. These problems can further hinder the sleeping pattern as it causes people to wake up in the middle of the night.
- Digestive Problems – The lack of sleep causes people to overeat and demotivates them towards exercise which is a risk factor for becoming obese. The amount of sleep a body gets affects the two central hormones that affect the diet patterns of the human body. The lack of sleep also cause the insulin level in the body to rise, which monitors the blood sugar level in the body. That means problems like diabetes and high-blood pressure are not too far behind.
- Cardiovascular Problems –
Sleep deprivation can cause health disorders, especially those affecting the body’s cardiovascular system because the heart, blood pressure and other limbic processes are deeply affected. The dysfunction of the cardiovascular system increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Even inflammation that plagues the internal organs of the body do not get sufficient time to subside making the body susceptible to more chronic diseases.
- Obesity – Sleep deprivation may work for budding entrepreneurs in the short term and at before the age of 28, but it is not much help post that. Not to mention that sleeping properly makes you maintain your weight. Scientists have found that sleeping at least seven hours a night encourages the body to metabolise food properly. Any less, and your metabolism goes haywire.
The desire to make it big in life makes people work twice as hard than they usually do because that’s what is offered as suggestions in magazines and by entrepreneurs. But as you may have guessed by now, it may have worked for some people but it does not work for everyone.
Working long hours may actually work for some days but when it stretches beyond that, health disorders come knocking. It begins as irritability and the pervasive feeling of being tired and slowly proceeds to becoming chronic diseases. First the brain begins to grow foggy, then concentration becomes scant and then decision making is hampered.
Many mental disorders are also easily avoided by a good night’s sleep. But that, in no way, means that you are free to sleep the day away, it just means that you need more regulated sleep. Preferably eight hours a night.