We all have a body clock to regulate our sleeping needs; if we don’t follow that clock properly and develop a habit of Chronotype (going to sleep well after midnight and rising later) then our body starts showing the negative consequences on our health. This habit of late-night sleep is becoming more common among youngsters.
We usually sacrifice our sleep just to watch one more episode of our favorite web series. However, it is important to understand that proper sleeping routine is as important as food to our body. There is no alternative to sleep; hence we should not be negligent towards it.
What happens if you don’t sleep on time?
A lack of good sleeping pattern can have a significant negative impact on our life, hence creates many problems such as:
1. BAD HEALTH
Staying awake at night can bring changes in more than 100 proteins in the blood, which can severely affect blood sugar, immune system, nervous system, respiratory system, and metabolism.
The poor habit of sleep could result in chronic insomnia which can cause the brain to become sleepy and tired all the time. According to the research, chronic insomnia can cause heart attacks and strokes due to the increase in blood sugar, blood pressure, and inflammation levels. It can also develop manic symptoms and make a person hallucinate.
If we don’t sleep at a regular time, we are at risk of serious medical conditions which include obesity, heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes; as a result, it shortens our life expectancy.
If our sleep period is not sufficient and we don’t avoid sleeping late at night then our body doesn’t take adequate measures to maintain our digestive system. Therefore, a complaint of digestive disorders arises.
2. MENTAL FATIGUE
Lack of sleep can cause thinking issues as our brain doesn’t get proper rest which is essential for its efficient functioning. Anxiety, depression, and increased neuroticism are the results of a tired and sluggish brain. Sleep management could help the person to manage his or her approach to work and life.
When we use a smartphone in bed it can cause us to feel fatigued and if we wake up feeling fatigued and foggy, our decision making and judgment skills suffer. If you’re staying up for late-night studies, you are probably not retaining what you have read.
3. DISTURBED SLEEP CYCLE
If we ignore our biological clocks, there is a potential health impact on our body. The quantity of sleep affects our natural sleep cycle and due to this disruption, we want to sleep till late during the day and stay awake at night. The disruption also brings change in the levels of hormones, including serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol that affect thought, mood, and energy and will cause Presenteeism (a phenomenon to be mentally absent but physically present at work).
4. DISTURBED DAY ROUTINE
Our delayed sleep phase makes us a night owl. People who are night owls have a hard time falling asleep before 2 or 3 am and prefer to sleep until around noon. This habit disturbs the daily routine and creates unnecessary delay in every work. We should not waste our day time sleeping instead we should utilize it productively. Light exposure in the morning helps our body to wake up and if we are not working in daylight, our brain gets confused about the right timing of our sleep and could result in insomnia.
5. ABSURD SOCIAL LIFE
When our body clocks are out of sync with society, we get judged as the ones who are irresponsible and that who can’t keep a basic schedule. This develops a considerable disruption of family and social activities as many of these rhythms of the general population are oriented around the day. We call it, social jet lag.
To avoid this jet lag or late-night hangover, we should help our body keep as close to its circadian rhythm as possible and follow the right sleep time.
6. STRAIN ON EYES WHILE NOT SLEEPING LATE AT NIGHT
Using electronic devices like laptops, smartphones, and tablets which emits a blue-colored light is dangerous for our eyes. When we use these electronic devices in darkness, we put a lot of strain on our eyes and make them weak. This results in the dryness of our eyes and causes irritation. Perhaps, it is very entertaining to watch movies late at night or play video games but it is not worth losing our eyesight.
TIPS TO HELP YOU FALL ASLEEP
> Some basic tricks that can help you fall asleep on time:
1) Counting till 100 in a slow manner without stressing self can help in better night sleep.
2) Switch off the lights and take deep breaths having eyes closed can help it.
3) Having proper diets with regular exercise can have a significant effect on the body and allow you to sleep on time.
Mahatma Gandhi has said, “It is the health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”.
So we all should take good care of our sleep and live a healthy and better life by avoiding sleeping late at night.
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