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You’ll already be aware that sleep deprivation is detrimental to your health and will result in you being more cranky and narky in the morning. But did you know it can result in you being less optimistic and prone to finding jokes less funny!
Yes, sleep is much more important than you think and if you deny it, you could end up as that miserable bloke who sits in the corner of the office all alone.
Sleep loss makes you dumb!
If you’re not sleeping, you are definitely not learning. Sleep plays a crucial role in learning and thinking and reducing sleep hurts this delicate cognitive process. In the end, this makes it more difficult to learn effectively.
It makes you forgetful!
In 2009, there were a bunch of American and French researchers who determined that ‘sharp wave ripples’ – special brain events – are crucial for gathering together memory. These ripples assist in transferring information from the hippocampus to the neocortex of the brain – this is where long-term memories are stored. This usually occurs through deep sleep, which won’t occur unless you’re sleeping well. Worse than that you may forget our fantastic sale is still on.
It might kill you!
The ‘Whitehall II Study’ looked at how sleep patterns affected the mortality of more than 100,000 British Civil servants over two decades. When the results were published in 2007 it showed that if people cut their sleep by five hours or less a night they doubled their risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Sleep loss makes you think you’ve slept more!
Sleep deprivation makes you lose track of events that have occurred over the last week, including the amount of sleep you’ve been getting. If you think you’re doing great on less sleep, you’re most definitely wrong. If you work in a profession where it’s important to be able to judge your functioning level, then it’s going to seriously impact your productivity.
It can result in serious health problems!
Here’s a few to get your head around:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
So yeah, maybe get some more sleep if you want to, you know, live.
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