Losing a few hours of sleep won’t do any harm, right? Wrong. The truth is that you can’t afford to lose sleep. Just as we need to eat, we also need to sleep. We might not be thinking about sleep all day, but we do acknowledge that we need it at some point. By getting a proper amount of sleep each night, we feel more alert, more energetic, happier, and we can even function better. And, by going without sleep, you will begin feeling worse.

What happens when you lose sleep?

Losing a night of sleep can cause you to feel irritable during the next day. It can even cause you to slow down and become tired easily. However, if you lose two nights of sleep, your symptoms can worsen:

  • Concentration will be difficult.
  • Attention span will fall by the wayside.
  • Mistakes will increase.

Because of this, your day-to-day life will become more difficult to complete. The more sleep you lose, the more your body will begin to shut down.

After the third day of no sleep, you might begin to hallucinate, which can cause clear thinking to diminish. Even if you get just a few hours of sleep per night, you can still experience many of the same problems over time. As the sleep deprivation increases, the more your symptoms will worsen.  In time, a lack of sleep would prove to be fatal.

This is the power of sleep

While many of us try to sleep as little as possible, it is important to pay attention to why just a few more hours of sleep can make all the difference. Just as exercise and nutrition are essential for optimal health and happiness, so is sleep.  

Quality sleep every night can directly affect your life in an array of areas, including:

  • Mental sharpness.
  • Productivity.
  • Emotional balance.
  • Creativity.
  • Physical vitality.
  • Weight.

When you sleep, it isn’t a time for your brain and body to shut down, it is a way for your brain to continue to work.  Your brain oversees a variety of biological maintenance in order to keep your body running and to prepare you for the next day.  However, without enough hours of restorative sleep, you won’t be able to work, create, learn, or communicate at your highest potential.

Contact our office today to learn more about sleep and how we can help you overcome your sleep condition.