What happens when we don’t sleep enough!

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In the past few months I have been extremely busy reinventing myself and launching Yuly360. The effort has me running on all cylinders –  non-stop… to the extent that I want to utilize every waking minute to work and develop my ideas… After several back to back weeks of intense 20 hour shifts I definitely felt changes in my aptitude, my speed to process thoughts and my overall energy levels.  So much so that I decided to do some digging on how important is it to get enough sleep even when you feel you don’t really need it. You will be amazed with what I found out!

Sleep depravation…

Reduces our decision-making ability: we can get stuck easily trying to solve simple problems.

Slows down our reaction time: we are more likely to get in an accident while performing daily tasks like driving. Ability to multi-task, balance and coordination also can get affected.

Negatively affects short-term memory: during the night, a memories consolidation process take place in our mind. If we don’t get enough sleep, we won’t be able to remember what you learned and experienced throughout the day.

Increases irritability, moodiness, depression and anxiety: lack of sleep is one of the first signs of depression. Studies reveal that people who suffer from insomnia are five times more likely to be depressed.

Decreases your ability to communicate efficiently: we will be more likely to misunderstand messages or deliver them in a unclear way.

Kills Sex Drive: studies reveal that people that don’t sleep enough have lower libidos and less interest in sex.

Ages your skin: the lack of sleep increases the production of cortisol (a stress hormone) which breaks down the collagen responsible for keeping your skin looking healthy.

Causes weight gain: when you go through the night without sleeping you get hungry, this can lead to obesity since appetites will definitely increase.

Weakens your immune system: we are more prone to get ill and be susceptible to bacteria, viruses, the common cold or influenza.

Increases risk: High blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease

Try to sleep at less 8 hours per night to take care of your health and well being!