Left the house with eyes looking like a panda again? Panda eyes are the consequences of lack of sleep, which too many of us encounter in our daily lives.
Whenever something important comes up in life, such as an exam or a work presentation which requires extra hours from your daily routine, your sleeping hours are the first thing to get sacrificed. Also, if you’re stressed, you won’t be able to sleep no matter how early you get to bed. However, there is one key thing that can make a difference—good bedding.
Poor quality bedding can cause low quality sleep, which can further have negative health effects, such as weight gain, weakened immune system and respiratory issues, says a luxury sleep and bedding expert at Guzel Dezayns.
Here are three reasons why getting a good night sleep is so important for your life:
- Affects You Professionally: According to research published by Gallup in December 2013, 40% of Americans are getting less than the recommended amount of sleep (7-8 hours). And this is only the beginning of a groggy, cranky, sleep-deprived era. At present, sleeping hours have declined to a mere 6 hours for most people. This is leaving the brain exhausted and unable to perform their tasks well. Sleep deprived people are often found excessively sleepy, yawning, irritable, and fatigued. These people end up being described as incapable, unreliable, and untrustworthy by their seniors.
- Makes You Prone to Depression: According to research by Binghamton University and State University of New York, individuals who do not get roughly 8 hours of sleep at night are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. These people get caught up in negative thoughts, worry, and rumination. It becomes a vicious cycle—the lack of sleep makes it difficult to keep your attention away from negative thoughts during the day, which in turn interferes with your sleep at night. The cure is to get a good night of sleep.
- Increases the Risk of Accidents: The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety noted that missing one or two hours of sleep can lead to a four times higher risk of being in an accident compared with someone who has had adequate sleep. In fact, if you have slept less than five hours, your driving will become similar to that of a drunk driver, increasing the chances of accidents and fatalities. A sleep deprived individual is tired, lacks focus and has trouble keeping their eyes open, which affects their judgement on the road.
Sleep is a basic human necessity, which shouldn’t be compromised with at any cost. Find ways to ensure a good 7-8 hours of sleep. One of the easiest ways is to invest in the bed that you’re sleeping on.