Five Things You Didn’t Know About Not Getting Enough Sleep
If you have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep every night it can become a big problem. And while you research all of the best sleep aids, anti-snoring devices, and other ways to finally get that great night’s sleep you crave you may think that you end up learning far more about sleep than you ever wanted to.
While you may know lots about sleep now, how much do you know about the effects – and consequences – of not getting enough of it? Here’s a look at five fascinating – and sometimes disturbing – facts about not getting enough sleep we bet you didn’t know.
1) You Might Die of Sleep Deprivation Before You Starve
According to science, the average person can live for two weeks without food but ten days without sleep is all it would take to kill you.
2) Sleeplessness Can Lead to Weird Crimes
There is an acknowledged medical condition, known as parasomnia that can lead to ‘normal’ people committing crimes in their sleep. Documented crimes have included sleep driving, bouncing cheques, assault and even murder. And according to research, most people who suffer from the disorder have a pattern of extreme sleeplessness followed by a deep sleep that leads to their crimes!
3) Snoring is a Real Intimacy Killer
According to a 2016 survey conducted by a major mattress manufacturer, one in four married couples in the UK sleep in separate beds on a regular basis because one partner snores too much. Most people actually just accept snoring – both the snorers and those who sleep with them – as something that can’t be helped, but that’s simply not the case. There are a number of snoring aids on the market that can significantly reduce the noise. You may also want to book an appointment with a GP, as snoring can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious condition like sleep apnea.
4) A Lack of Sleep Leads to Wrinkles
Did you ever hear your Gran telling you she needed her beauty sleep? Well, she was right. When you don’t get enough sleep your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. Aside from some of its more noticeable effects – like significant weight gain – it breaks down skin collagen which is the protein that keeps your skin smooth and elastic, leading to an increase in wrinkles, even if you are still relatively young.
5) You’ll Never Be a Bodybuilder If You Don’t Sleep Enough
Hoping to get some great gains down at the gym? No matter how hard you work it’s not going to happen unless you get enough sleep. It’s during slow-wave sleep that certain growth hormones are released. These chemicals repair your body tissues, increase your muscle mass, thicken your bones, and strengthen your skin. That’s not something you want to miss out on if you are trying to get ripped.
So, have we convinced you that getting enough sleep really should be one of your biggest priorities? The good news is that doing so does not have to be as hard as you might be thinking.
Because the need for sleep is becoming better and better understood by science the number of sleeping aids and ‘sleep hygiene’ techniques that are easily available is increasing all the time. From aids for snorers – like anti-snoring mouthpieces and anti-snoring nasal strips – to sleep pillows and sleep humidifiers – the chances are good that the help you need to get a better night’s sleep is out there, as long as you take the time to look for it.