According to a recent Gallup poll, 40% of adults get less than seven hours sleep per night. If you’re one of the millions of people who don’t get enough sleep, here are a few reasons you might want to hit the snooze button.
Better Sex Life
According to some experts, and a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, about 26% of adults say their sex lives suffer when they’re too tired to perform. There’s also some evidence that men who don’t get enough sleep experience lowered testosterone levels. Not getting enough sleep can kill your love life for more common-sense reasons though. For example, if you fall asleep during a date-night movie, you’ve pretty much killed your chances for romance afterwards.
Anxiety is a very real problem linked to lack of sleep. People who are anxious tend to be restless sleepers. A study by Harvard Medical School shows lack of sleep leads to depression and several anxiety disorders. So, getting more shut-eye can dramatically reduce or eliminate the risk of mood disorders.
More sleepy time won’t make you the next Leonardo DaVinci, but it might make it easier for you to be creative. The more, and better, sleep you get, the more likely you are to dream. Numerous studies show when you enter REM sleep, it can help with innovative thinking. It puts a whole new spin on the old saying, “dream big.”
Losing weight is something most people don’t associate with sleep. However, there are many studies now showing a good night’s sleep can aid in weight loss. A good night’s sleep curb’s appetite, but it also helps you burn fat through various restorative processes that only happen at night.
Better Attention Span
Researchers at the University of Chicago found getting a good night’s sleep helps with memory retention and helps you recall forgotten thoughts throughout the day. However, since many people aren’t getting a full 8 hours, they often turn to stimulants as a substitute.
Stimulants, like coffee, might make you feel more awake, but the effects are only temporary. Too much caffeine can even have the opposite effect. This is because caffeine triggers the release of the stress hormone cortisol. When cortisol levels rise too high, it’s difficult to fall asleep. This is why experts recommend you not drink coffee in the afternoon or evening. Without a good night’s sleep, you just won’t be able to pay attention. Instead you’ll be “tired and wired.”
Turn Back The Signs Of Aging
If you’re like most people, you don’t want to age prematurely. Even manly men might want their beauty sleep to avoid becoming prematurely old and perpetually tired. Lack of sleep increases inflammation and creates hormonal imbalances. It can also weaken your immune system. None of this is good for your skin, of course, which is why sleep deprivation is associated with premature aging.
Regardless of your age and current health, sleep deprivation has serious and long-term consequences. Some studies even show sleep deprivation decreases cognitive function in the same way alcohol does. The good news is it’s never too late to turn things around and see immediate benefits. Start tonight by getting to bed at a reasonable hour.