Imagine this. You change into your PJs and you lie on your bed to go to sleep. But you notice that it’s early and there are a few hours to kill before you actually sleep. You log-in to your Netflix account to watch your favourite TV series. After all, a couple of episodes won’t hurt, right? You start watching and you get so engrossed in it that the next thing you know its 4 am in the morning. Sounds familiar?
My friend, you’re not the only one with this problem (if you still think this isn’t a problem then, well, that’s a problem).
In this modern era, there are many things that distract us from getting the perfect sleep at night. Its very easy today to lose track of time while binge-watching YouTube, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or getting lost in a book. You keep on doing this daily and before you know, this becomes a habit. It’s all fun and games till you start noticing the deteriorating effects it can have on your health. So all the people who have been sabotaging their sleep for more than a month now must be cautious as it can lead to the following consequences.
• YOUR BODY ADJUSTS TO CONSISTENCY
If you consistently go to sleep and wake up at the same appropriate time for a month, your body will adjust well to that schedule. But if your sleep schedule varies on weekends to weekdays, say, you sleep properly during weekdays but become a night-owl during weekends. That can be detrimental to your health. Experts say that if you want to be a night owl, be a consistent night owl because our body enjoys consistency.
• SLEEP ENOUGH, NOT EARLY
While as kids we all were told to go to bed early, according to researchers, we should aim at sleeping at any point between 10:00 pm to 10:00 am. But it should also be noted that adults need an average of 7 hours of continuous and undisturbed sleep. Sleeping from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. is a perfectly healthy and normal schedule provided that it’s consistent.
• IT CAN MAKE YOU DIZZY
If you are not having proper sleep from last one month, whether you were busy doing re-runs of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, or skyping your international business clients, a weird thing will happen to your body. Your body’s ability to balance will be negatively affected. Because the brain is attempting to get some rest and parts of it are shutting down to compensate.
• CONFUSING MOOD SWINGS
Sleep deprivation makes most of us grumpy but for others, it can act as a mood-lifter. According to a research in 2017, 40-60% sleep-deprived people were found to have an anti-depressant effect. However, for people who suffer from depression, inconsistent sleep increases their depressive episodes.
• THREAT TO IMMUNE SYSTEM
A research in 2017 found that some people get sick more easily when they’re tired. There is a relationship between long-term sleep deprivation and a poor immune system. People who sleep less are more likely to get viruses and experience symptoms of a lowered immune system. A sleep deprived body cannot protect itself from infections.
So beware all you night-owls and get a grip on your sleep schedule. You have been informed of the consequences.