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An average person spends about one third of his or her life sleeping. Each one of us goes into this power down mode of hibernation every night. But we never quite understand the importance or the purpose of sleeping.
Purpose of Sleep
Sleeping is extremely beneficial for both the body and the mind.
Sleep has a restorative function. From our daily tasks, our brains tend to gather metabolic waste which in the long run can lead to serious illness. This waste is usually flushed out of our system while we sleep.
When we are sleeping, our brain cells shrink up to sixty percent which makes the entire process easier and faster.
Sleeping is extremely important for memory consolidation. During sleep, our brain helps in maintaining and strengthening long term memories. Insufficient or inadequate sleep will hamper with this process. We might lose our ability to create concrete or emotional memories.
Sleeping is crucial for our overall metabolic health. Smaller hours of sleep can change even the metabolism of our bodies. Inadequate sleep can lead to the body converting energy from proteins and carbohydrates and taking lesser and lesser energy from the fat present in the body. Erratic sleeping habits can also increase the chances of becoming diabetic or developing a heart disease.
Problems Caused By Inadequate Sleep
In a recent study, it was found that people who slept for eight hours had perfect attention, cognitive process and motor skill. While people who got lesser hours of sleep were slowly declining in the way they performed.
It can be ascertained that sleep debt is a cumulative issue, that is, sleep debt has a neurological cost that accumulates over time. People, who constantly sleep less to work more, tend to fall asleep randomly throughout the late. If you had only had six hours of sleep every night for two weeks your mental calibre and physical strength declines to the same level as someone who has not slept for forty eight hours.
Our overall performance will decline drastically and most of the time we do not realise this. We believe we are working harder and putting more time into completing the task while in reality we are working with a mind that is half asleep.
Sleep is an important and necessary ingredient needed for living a healthy life. Proper food, meditation, exercise are ways by which you can rejuvenate your body but none of these methods will ever replace sleep.
Adults need around seven to nine hours of sleep every night in order to give out their best performance.
Therefore, make sure that you always get the needed sleep. Working overtime or staying up late is not going to improve your performance but a good night’s sleep will.