Whether you’re up with your kids, pulling late nights at work, or struggling with insomnia,
you know how hard it is to function when you haven’t had a good night’s rest.
But why is sleep so important to our health, and what happens when we don’t get enough?
- Improving focus
During the day, your brain produces a chemical called adenosine that causes you to feel drowsy. While you sleep, your body clears itself of this chemical.
- Body building
Restorative actions like tissue repair and muscle growth mostly—and sometimes only—happen while you’re sleeping.
- Releasing tension
When you enter the REM cycle of sleep, tight muscles loosen. Not only does this help you relax, it may also alleviate chronic pain symptoms.
While adequate rest helps keep you humming, lack of sleep can do serious physical and mental damage.
Here are some of the negative effects sleep deprivation may have on your health: