We’ve all been there: a few minutes past midnight, you look at the time and think the dreaded thought ‘I’m going to get less than eight hours sleep’. Astutely conscious of the importance of the coming day, you were in bed by nine! How did this happen?
In that moment the worst understood outcome is that you’re going to be tired the next day. Which was true. And we’re sure it impacted your performance. However, fatigue isn’t the only caveat of not getting another sleep. It opens a whole can of worms!
Like, for example
It Can Affect Your Memory
Students pulling ‘all-nighters’ - cramming in knowledge and energy drinks - is one of the longest standing stereotypes around. However, there is sound research to suggest that this isn’t the best course of approach.
A study conducted by Wenbiao Gan of Langone Medical Centre at New York University deemed, through tests on carried out on mice, that despite repetition if without sleep mice would forget a physical exercise. This in comparison to mice who participated in the exercise and then rest. Around 5% more of those mice remembered the activity. The reason being not getting enough sleep doesn’t allow your neurons to rest.
So, sleeping helps cement all those moments that you enjoy so. So, do, is what we say. Sleep away.
It Can Make You Gain Weight
When asleep we rarely move, this causes less of a need for calories. When sleep-deprived our brain releases chemicals that leads to hunger. Which most will inevitably solve, thus leading to gaining weight.
A study in Japan found that residents that average less than 4.5 hours a sleep a night had a much higher BMI than those who achieve over 8.5 hours sleep a night.
Stops You From Getting Ill
When sleeping a compound called cytokines is released into our body. Cytokines strengthen our immune system and better our ability to tackle nasty infections. When sleep deprived, your body will be worryingly low on cytokines which will make you sick.
Not only that, when you’re ill you must rest to recover from your illness. So if you get because of your lack of cytokines, you sure better get to sleep as quick as possible, otherwise, you simply won’t recover.
Will Help With Avoiding Depression and Anxiety
This area isn’t so clear-cut. There’s a lot of research and debate surrounding the topic causing a tumultuous response every time it is brought up. There are two arguments
When one sleeps too much they become lethargic and unmotivated. This can inevitably lead to depression.
Not enough sleep causes people to behave erratically and feel ‘low’. It has been proven those with insomnia are ten times more likely to have depression.
There is, however, one clear-cut answer to this debate: aim to sleep 7-8 hours a night in our devon bed. A couple more if you’re a teenager. This is the best way to achieve optimum happiness and will help you stay way clear of clinical depression.
Will Help You Lead A Great Life
With all these elements paired together, it isn’t too hard to say getting eight-hours sleep a night is paramount to leading a happy and successful life. What’s the best way to do that? Oh, a few things. Don’t eat close to bedtime. Stay away from caffeine. Have a clearly defined sleep and work area. But perhaps most importantly, have a comfortable bed. We can help you with that.
Devon Bed Centre
We have one of the largest in-store selection of beds and mattresses. One visit to your store can put on a path to greatness. How? By enabling you to get those all-important Zs. Have any questions? Give us a call. We’re more than happy to discuss this with you.