Why Sleep is Important to your Well-Being

In a world where time is essential and peoplekeep pushing their limits,sleep is one of many sacrifices that gets the short end of the stick. Sleep for the average adult should be between seven to nine hours undisturbed. With too little sleep comes with a few issues that will impact your well-being. 1. You may potentially be prone to injuries. When your attention becomes impaired your ability to function day to day can get derailed which may lead to accidents on your way to work, injuries on the job, and force you to use your sick days often. 2. Lack of sleep impacts your cognitive processes. First, it impairs your attention which is stated above, but also affects your alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently. Hard to keep your mind sharp when you lack a good night’s rest! 3. Lack of sleep can hurt your sex drive, with the lack of energy comes with a decreased libido. 4. The Dreaded dark circles under the eyes. It turns out that with chronic sleep loss leads to lackluster skin, age lines, and dark circles under the eyes. When you continue to lose sleep, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and resilient.Sleep loss also causes the body to release too little human growth hormone. When we’re young, human growth hormone promotes growth. As we age, it helps increase muscle mass, thicken skin, and strengthen bones. So before you decide to marathon your favorite TV show or stay up for no reason, Think Again!

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