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5 Ways Skipping Sleep Drags You Down

5 Ways Skipping Sleep Drags You Down

Some of the most common associations with sleep deprivation include exhaustion, grogginess and grumpiness. Science reveals that there are more ways that a single night of poor sleep can throw you off!

1. You’re feeling depressed, and anxious:  Researchers found that individuals who slept less than 6 hours night before, scored significantly higher in levels of stress, depression, and anxiety, compared to those who slept longer.

2. You’ll make more trips to the bathroom the next night: Our bodies slow down the production of urine as we sleep, preventing us from awakening throughout the night. If you don’t get the proper amount of sleep the night before, this mechanism fails you.

3. You’ll eat more, and more unhealthily: A lack of sleep has been proven to play a part in expanding your waistline. One study estimates that you will consume about an additional 560 calories the next day as you lean more toward fatty food choices like pizza and doughnuts.

4. You look sad and less attractive: In 2 separate studies, volunteers looked at a mixture of photographs of people who had been awake for 31 hours and others who had gotten 8 hours of sleep the night before. The untrained volunteers were blinded to the conditions and viewed the photographs in random order, yet still the sleep-deprived people were rated as less attractive and sadder.

5. You feel more excluded: When you are sleep deprived, you are more likely to react more strongly to feeling of social exclusion, compared to your well-rested peers.

Making sure you get the 7-9 hours of sleep every night will brighten your days, and the people around you will take notice. Try sleep on for size and you will see positive, life-changing results!

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