Sleeplessness Can Change Your Brain
We often take sleep as a second priority, rather than a first. But getting just enough sleep plays such a crucial role in our mental and physical wellness which is almost known to every one. But almost everyone due to our living style gives it a second priority. Making sure you get good sleep has amazing health benefits that include lowering stress/tension improving your overall quality of life, reducing inflammation, making you more attentive, agile and boosting your mind. But not getting enough sleep (sleeplessness) can have pretty annoying, if not downright awful side effects.
In order to enjoy the health benefits of good sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults between the ages of 18 and 64 years should sleep between seven to nine hours every night. However, for many of us, that’s not followed. According to a 2016 report from the CDC, over one-third of adults in the U.S. (aka, over 40 million people) report regularly not getting enough sleep every night (sleeplessness).
Ill effects of sleeplessness
- When you don’t get enough sleep, your body’s natural clock that makes you feel wakeful is disturbed. And when it is interrupted, or you are sleep-deprived for even just one night. It can wreak havoc on both your body and your mind.
- From imbalanced hormone production to disrupting neurotransmitters, here are seven ways a lack of sleep changes your brain. All these hormones which are produced due to sleeplessness result in mental disorder.
- It can also result in abnormal blood pressure indigestion and many more.
- Missing a night of sleep can definitely make your body feel fatigued the next day. It has a similar effect on your brain. A 2017 study found that sleep deprivation can actually slow down your brain cell activity, making you unable to function or think as well as you normally do. Just like your body, your brain relies on sleep to recharge, relax, and rest.
- While mental health disorders like depression can cause or worsen sleep-related issues. Sleep deprivation (or conversely, too much sleep) can also worsen symptoms of depression. Research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in 2006 found “those whose sleep duration was less than six hours, and those whose sleep duration was eight hours or more, tended to be more depressed than those whose sleep duration was between six and eight hours.”
- According to Sleep.org, melatonin is a hormone naturally produced in your pineal gland that is essential to maintaining a healthy sleep cycle. However, when your circadian rhythm is interrupted by a lack of sleep, your melatonin production is also disturbed. As scientists believe low levels of melatonin can play a role in various health-related issues, such as seasonal affective disorder, cancer, high blood pressure, and even in aging your brain faster.
- The hippocampus is a region of the brain that plays an important role in the formation of long-term memories, learning, and emotion. And a lack of sleep can be pretty damaging to it. A study conducted in 2016 revealed that just five hours (yes, five) of sleep deprivation can negatively impact neuron connectivity in the hippocampus. It means that a lack of sleep can impair your memory.
All the ill effects of sleeplessness are really terrifying. The best way to handle this is to exercise daily and work hard. And I don’t need to tell you the good effects of a good sleep. You all are smart enough to predict those. So, dear friends after going through this article. I hope most of you will be saying shutdown and go to sleep. So, do it bye bye.