Sleeping

This post is on the video – What if you stopped sleeping? – by ASAPScience. 

Summary:

  • On average, adults who sleep 6-8 hours a day tend to live longer.
  • Oversleeping could lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  • Chronic sleep deprivation could lead to cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression and brain damage.
  • Sleep deprivation may have temporary positive effects, but it leads to weaker decision making, slower reaction time, and reduced perceptive and cognitive function.
  • After a day or two of no sleep, the body loses its ability to properly metabolize glucose and the immune system stops working.
  • Sleep deprivation is directly correlated to one’s perceptive beauty.

Conclusion: Sleep tight, but not too much. 

OK, well first off I love to sleep. Especially when I’m feeling cold, tired, and I just want to snuggle up in that cozy bed. At the same time, I love to be productive and get things done, especially during the night. A bad habit, no doubt.

As a 17-year old, I am aware that my brain and body is still developing and I need proper nutrition, exercise and rest. But like most teenagers, I neglect all three of these when it comes to crucial tests, especially make-or-break situations.

One piece of advice which I have always been told by my parents is to go to sleep at latest 9:30 pm and wake up early at around 4:30 pm, giving me a solid 7 hours of sleep. It only seems rational, as the same 1 hour I would spend in the night could be used in the morning as well, when I would be refreshed.

But the way I have looked at it, I find that finishing my work in the night gives me a peace of mind when I go to sleep, rather than going to sleep with the “worry” that I have to wake up early and finish the rest of my work.

That’s where the problem lies, in the mindset. Grades may be important, but the body is a temple.

There’s this term called “sleep debt”, which as its name suggests, makes you “repay” your sleep that you’ve lost. So if you need 7 hours of sleep on average everyday, and you pull an all-nighter on Thursday night and go to sleep at 1:00 am and wake up at 6:00 am, then you are “2 hours in debt”. So Friday night, if you go to sleep at 9:30 pm, you need your 7 hours of sleep, plus the 2 hours, equalling 9 hours of sleep.

And when this becomes a habit, being sleep deprived and then oversleeping, it becomes dangerous and leads to various health risks. So in conclusion, make sure you follow strict sleeping habits and get adequate sleep. In case you do not get adequate sleep, pay your “sleep debt” the next night or throughout the week in “installments” and get back on track.

It’s time for me to go to sleep though, a good 8 hours. Oh, that’s my 7 hours plus the 1 hour from yesterday. Who would have imagined that we would use financial terms in sleeping?

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