Friday, January 17, 2014

Sleep deprivation: it’s hazardous to your health.

As I am writing this, I am home on sick leave.  I see great wrong in this, because I take great lengths to keep myself healthy.  I eat right, exercise (which hasn’t happened much lately because of the darn rain), and take supplements.  But why am I sick nonetheless?  There’s an easy answer to that: I have been violating another essential habit for good health.

I have been abusing my body in terms of sleep, or the lack of it being more accurate.  Sleep deprivation: it’s hazardous to your health.  In fact, the lack of sleep is one of the most epidemic health hazards today.  Even if you do everything else right, you will still be a wreck if you do not allow your body to rest.  It’s that simple…and this blog article will talk about that.

For a much better explanation on why we need sleep (or what is the effect of sleeplessness on the body) and how to sleep better, I suggest you visit this article here.  The article just nails it, and it made me realize how foolish I was (or still am, as I’m now paying for my sins) for thinking that skimping on sleep is no big deal.  It is a big deal, and you’d be wise to learn from my mistake.

In a nutshell, here are just a few of the hazards that sleep deprivation can bring to your body:

  • Dramatically weaken your immune system.
  • Interferes with growth hormone production and ages you more rapidly.
  • Seriously impairs memory, physical and mental tasks.
  • Aggravates stress related disorders like heart disease, constipation, and depression.

If you have trouble sleeping, in the article you’ll also learn some nifty ways to sleep better, a few of which are:
  • Listening to white noise or relaxing melodies to soothe you to sleep.
  • Not watching TV right before bed (it will get you all wired, and you need to be relaxed)
  • Take a nice hot bath before sleeping.
  • If all else fails, take melatonin.

I also learned a while back that the time you sleep is also important.  Have you ever told yourself that it’s okay to sleep late because the next day, you’d sleep in and wake up late as well?  Well, that is false.  Check out this clip from one of my favorite speakers, Dr. Wayne Cordeiro, in his talk Dead Leader Running.  He gives a VERY good tip about the time we should sleep.

So, as a teacher by profession, I would often wake up extra early to check papers, instead of sleeping late to do the same task, and lo and behold, I would be fine.  It’s just that the past few days, I, in epic fashion, broke that rule and now I’m paying for it dearly.  What a dummy.

I’ll learn from this…or shall I say, re-learn.  I hope you got some wisdom from this blog entry, too.  Remember friends, that sleep deprivation is hazardous to your health.

Recommended reading:

Dr. Wayne Cordeiro’s books:  Click here.

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  1. I am really guilty with not sleeping at all. I hope this year I will be able to sleep at least before 11 PM and wake up around 4 or 5 AM. I want to right my sleeping habits.

  2. "Your day begins when you go to sleep" – yes I did think about it! :). Great point there Dr. Cordeiro. I was ones very guilty of violating my body because I had no choice due to the nature of work I had. But now, I make sure I sleep before 11PM while I still can :P.

    Deepest amount of sleep 11PM-3AM — THIS! Thank you Carlo for sharing this again.

  3. Thanks for reminding us bloggers … Oh yes im guilty! Lack of sleep is the reason why im having palpitations…

  4. Thank you for this post Daddy Carlo! I get scared and went to bed straight. Lol

  5. i needed this :3 thanks, sir Carlo! ^_^

  6. This is what I need! Will surely sleep earlier than before hihi

  7. that's what I really need a lot of sleep!! i have this weird habit of waking up early and i'm having a hard time going back to sleep

  8. This will serve as a reminder for me. I should aim to sleep early as 10 pm so I could wake up early – Carlo

  9. This post serves as a good reminder for those busy people who cannot find to sleep to sleep optimally. I once read a book telling about an experiment done by a person who did not sleep for the entire week. What happened? Brain damage.

  10. very nice post! i guess I get enough sleep and a lot of them. my whole family have a nap everyday unless they have class in the afternoon. but regularly even we are travelling we take time for a nap though we can never sleep early as 10pm hehe regular time sleep is 12am hihi

  11. I try to get as much sleep as I can since it's the time the body balances itself.

  12. Sleep is very vital to our body system and everything else, that's why keep the balance of your lifestyle as a way of gaining momentum.

  13. What a timely post you have here, just yesterday night my FB status goes like this: "What happened to me? I always feel sleepy and tired. Is this normal? Am I okay?"….hahahahaha…I think there is something wrong with me now. Need to break and cool down from a stressful work! That's it! I only sleep 3 hrs every weekday due to my two kids have schools. Sabi ng katawan ko.."Hoy tama na..pagod n ako!" PRINO muna..hahahahaha….

  14. it is definitely hazardous.. sleep deprivation was a way of torture before..

  15. OMG!! I should really stop stressing myself and start getting enough sleep that my body needs.


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