When working retail pharmacy I would hear the statement all to frequently, “I’m so tired.” And especially during the holiday season. It is holiday preparation, holiday parties, shopping, year end reports at work, planning meetings for the new year.
So what do most of us do? We “burn the candle at both ends,” “we burn the midnight oil,” and fail to “hit the hay.” Trying to get all of one’s tasks done by way of lack of sleep is not wise. There are numerous studies on sleep by several universities and medical centers around the world. The overall finding is simple, we need to have our rest.
I do not intend for this blog to be a research paper, I want to keep this simple. The effects of sleep deprivation are plentiful. Lack of sleep effects virtually the whole body in harmful ways. It is no surprise I am sure to first say that it effects one’s thinking: poor judgment, lack of creativity, a decrease in morale, and it can make you forgetful.
Again, sleep effects our bodies too. Some astounding results of sleep deprivation are aging of the skin. It can lead to decreased muscle mass, weakened bone structure. Gaining weight is an untoward effect of sleep loss. And you thought it was simply eating too much. Furthermore sleep shortage may put you at greater risk for diabetes, a heart attack, increased blood pressure, and a stroke. Lastly, one’s immune system is compromised with a shortage of sleep causing one to be more prone to infectious disease.
So let me end here. It’s simple get some sleep. Hit the sack, sleep like a log, and catch more than just forty winks.
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Act in the evening. Sleep in the night. —William Blake
Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. —Thomas Dekker