Getting adequate sleep is essential not only for starting your day right, but maintaining a healthy and productive lifestyle.
Sleep is tied to concentration, productivity, cognition, behavior and other aspects of your psychological health. Good sleep has been shown to improve problem solving skills, memory, and overall brain function.
Studies have also found that poor sleep can affect our body’s ability to regulate your appetite, and disrupt our control and production of hormones like ghrelin and leptin, which stimulate and suppress our appetite. Sleep deprivation can also contribute to significant weight gain, and increase one’s risk of developing diabetes and other diseases.
Insufficient sleep has also been linked to mental health issues and other psychiatric illnesses. 90% of people who suffer from depression also struggle with reduced sleep quality; and those with sleeping disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnea report higher rates of depression than those without.
Getting the right quantity and quality of sleep can also improve our immune function. One study found those who slept less than 7 hours a night were 3 times less likely to fight off cold viruses than those given the same exposure.
Physical performance, including coordination, speed, intensity, and energy, have all been found to reduce significantly when you fail to get sufficient sleep.
Lastly, sleep loss can also affect our emotions, emotional empathy, and ability to interact socially. Using facial recognition tests, a study from the Journal of Sleep Research found that sleep deprived individuals struggled to recognize expressions of anger and happiness, preventing those with poor sleep from processing emotional information and social cues as well as those who were well rested.
Without good sleep, we are less productive, less happy, less likely to fight off disease, less connected to other systems and processes in our bodies, and less emotionally intelligent.
Read more about why getting good sleep sleep is essential for our health at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325353 and https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-reasons-why-good-sleep-is-important