We all know what it feels like to be tired or sleepy after missing out on some quality shut-eye. Our emotions become rocky, our energy levels go out the window and we often feel like we are running on empty.
But what happens to the body if you continue to undersleep each night?
Dr. Claudia Aguirre, a neuroscientist and mind-body expert from Southern California has advised that missing out on the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night can result in hormonal imbalances, illness and in extreme cases, death.
During our waking hours, our cells are busy using up the bodies energy sources. Which get broken down into several bi-products in the brain.
If they’re not cleared away, these are responsible for causing many of the symptoms of sleep deprivation.
When we sleep, the brain flushes out these daily waste products allowing our bodies and minds to maintain full health and sanity.
When we lose sleep our memory, reaction time, mood and ability to learn are affected. Not to mention, sleep deprivation can cause inflammation, hallucinations and it has also been linked to diabetes and heart disease.
How can you avoid sleep deprivation?
Yes, you guessed it! Besides drinking ample amounts of caffeine which can be harmful to the body in other ways, it’s important to schedule time for a quality 7-8 hours sleep each night. Allow your body to sleep when it’s tired and remove any distractions and lights that can interfere with the bodies natural sleep cycle.
Make sure you feel supported while you sleep with comfortable bedding and pillows. Feeling comfortable in bed can help us avoid those restless and uncomfortable nights of neck and shoulder pain which can often keep us awake.
Really it’s all about making sleep a priority and giving yourself the tools necessary to have a quality night sleep every night.
So hop to it snoozers and enjoy those extra hours of slumber - Your body and mind will thank you for it!