Last Updated on 2016-06-23 , 12:27 pm
We get it, with our heavy workloads and addiction to mobile devices, it’s actually pretty difficult to find people who get a decent amount of sleep every night.
Most people hover around an average of 6 hours a night, and while the immediate effects such as loss of concentration and increased fatigue are pretty obvious, there are actually some long-term consequences that we might not actually consider.
Firstly, lack of sleep could potentially lead to weight gain since when we are awake we are bound to get hungry, right? All these late-night snacking and trips to the refrigerator will start to expand our waistline over time, which sounds like a pretty lose-lose situation to me. Lose rest and gain weight? No thanks.
For the ladies who take the time to pamper their skin, lack of sleep could also cause your skin to start ageing prematurely. It’s not only about the dark eye circles that make you look like a panda, but also dull skin and lines on your face that will make you look half-dead and much older than you are.
There’s no use putting all those creams and treatments if you don’t give your skin sufficient rest from the start.
Brain damage and Heart Disease
Next on the disturbing list are brain damage and heart disease. It sounds rather unbelievable that something small such as getting less than seven hours of sleep a night could lead to such scary consequences, but they are unfortunately true.
Scientists have found that a lack of sleep resulted in signs of brain damage, and we’re not just talking about the occasional forgetfulness. It could lead to bigger problems.
Also, sleep deprivation results in an increase of hormones and chemicals that could result in heart diseases. This puts you at higher risk of dangerous diseases and conditions such as strokes, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Don’t sacrifice your health for the sake of the new drama you’ve gotten hooked onto or the game you can’t stop playing, or you will regret it in future.
Of course, what better way to end this off than with the greatest shocker: Death. Yes, a long-term study conducted found that men who slept less than 6 hours were 4 times more likely to die than those that slept about an hour more on average, due to genetic changes that had the ability to adversely affect their health.
So the moral of the story is, if you have been sleeping less than seven hours, you should probably try your best to squeeze in more time for the sake of your health. Not only will you look better, you will also feel better, and live better.
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