Forget the dark circles and bags under your eyes. When it comes to the impact that a lack of sleep has on your health and wellness, the results can be eye-opening (pun definitely intended).
1. Lack of Sleep Makes You Less Intelligent - Sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy brain. Your brain needs sleep in order to process information, and lack of sleep can impact how well you can concentrate, solve mental problems, use reasoning and rationale, and learn.
2. Lack of Sleep Increases Disease Risks - Not getting enough sleep over an extended period of time is linked with an increased risk of numerous health problems and diseases, including a higher risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure. The two go together so much that among people with insomnia, 90% of them have another serious health condition.
3. Lack of Sleep Affects Your Mood - Sleep deprivation aggravates the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. In one study, people who got six or less hours of sleep a night had a higher rate of anxiety and depression.
4. Lack of Sleep Influences Weight Gain - Not getting enough shut eye can change what you see when you step onto the bathroom scale. This is due to a couple of reasons. First, sleep deprivation can increase unhealthy cravings, such as sugar cravings. Second, lack of sleep causes your body to experience elevated levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can cause your body to retain extra fat around your abdomen.
While there are many things that could be impacting your energy levels and causing you to feel fatigued, the fact is that most Americans suffer from a loss of sleep, therefore assessing your sleep health is often the first thing that a coach may recommend to you.
By simply adding better rest at night, you can experience a huge jump in your energy and vibrancy.