For a much better explanation on why we need sleep (or what is the effect of sleeplessness on the body) and how to sleep better, I suggest you visit this article here. The article just nails it, and it made me realize how foolish I was (or still am, as I’m now paying for my sins) for thinking that skimping on sleep is no big deal. It is a big deal, and you’d be wise to learn from my mistake.
In a nutshell, here are just a few of the hazards that sleep deprivation can bring to your body:
- Dramatically weaken your immune system.
- Interferes with growth hormone production and ages you more rapidly.
- Seriously impairs memory, physical and mental tasks.
- Aggravates stress related disorders like heart disease, constipation, and depression.
If you have trouble sleeping, in the article you'll also learn some nifty ways to sleep better, a few of which are:
I also learned a while back that the time you sleep is also important. Have you ever told yourself that it’s okay to sleep late because the next day, you’d sleep in and wake up late as well? Well, that is false. Check out this clip from one of my favorite speakers, Dr. Wayne Cordeiro, in his talk Dead Leader Running. He gives a VERY good tip about the time we should sleep.
So, as a teacher by profession, I would often wake up extra early to check papers, instead of sleeping late to do the same task, and lo and behold, I would be fine. It’s just that the past few days, I, in epic fashion, broke that rule and now I’m paying for it dearly. What a dummy.
I’ll learn from this…or shall I say, re-learn. I hope you got some wisdom from this blog entry, too. Remember friends, that sleep deprivation is hazardous to your health.
Dr. Wayne Cordeiro's books: Click here.