Besides many changes that come along with setting foot in adulthood, we all know how it goes when it comes to sleep. There are days when we have to pull all-nighters or survive on 4 hours of sleep to get our jobs done and on some days we do nothing but sleep for ten hours straight. This becomes habitual without us taking any notice of it and with time this is what we call "normal" routine. There are many ways in which sleep affects our day to day activities and fail to get credit or blame for them.
⦁ BODY RELEASES MORE HORMONES:
When you're sleep deprived, your body's hormone levels go crazy. It starts overproducing cortisol (stress hormone) in order to compensate for the lack of rest. Cortisol starts breaking down in your skin which leads to wrinkles and under eye bags. You're more likely to become depressed as your body releases serotonin (which is an anti-depressive effect) when you're sleeping and lack of sleep can lead to improper functioning of these chemicals.
⦁ AFFECTS YOUR FOOD CHOICES:
Do you remember the last time you had major carb cravings? This might be the reason: When you're sleep deprived, you tend to gravitate towards certain kinds of foods which are more likely to be containing carbohydrates, fats or sugars. This mainly happens because of the need for more energy. When you have a messed up sleep cycle you're appetite gets messy too. This is one of the major causes of weight gain or obesity these days.
⦁ WRECKS YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS:
Decreased cognitive function is not only an impact of sleep deprivation but can also be caused by oversleeping. It can trigger headaches and migraines which can clutter up your thinking and concentration. Poor sleep can also mess up your memory retention, so don't be surprised if you start feeling like an oldie when you have trouble remembering things.
⦁ CAUSES DISTRESS TO ORGAN SYSTEMS:
Poor sleep habits can cause improper functioning of various systems of your body like the immune system, respiratory system & digestive system. Sleep deprivation prevents the immune system of the body to build up forces against foreign invaders like bacteria or viruses. The main reason why people get snacky at night is that prolonged wakefulness reduces the release of a hormone called Leptin and increases Ghrelin which is an appetite stimulant.
Sleep is an important part of the day and many times you compromise it to be more productive and efficient. But depriving your body of sleep can make it worse and it can get in the way of your motto of "ceasing the day". So here's a fail-proof productivity hack for you: Go The F*ck To Sleep.