Reasons You Should Never Skip Sleep Over The Weekend!
Ever showed up to work on a Monday morning and someone tells you; you look stressed, hope your weekend was restful? And you go, uhm… not really, I had a bit to do this weekend, it was a busy one for me. What surprises me though is how in the world they saw the reason to ask that question. The answer is of course obvious. There is no smoke without a fire an adage would say. It could have been a wishful saying except that they saw something in you that prompted questions.
Here are reasons you shouldn’t skip sleep on weekends!
You will get better sleep: According to The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, your body temperature naturally declines as a part of your Circadian Rhythm as you sleep deeply. It is believed that weekends grant us more time to be home and have time for ourselves and that includes, sleeping properly. If you don’t have much time, you’re going to sleep horribly. However, weekends affords us that little extra time to sleep just a little longer than we would ordinarily have-during week days.
It helps you look better: When you don’t get enough sleep, it shows. Your face is the first point of contact for people, when you do not rest well, the stress comes to bear on your face. A study in the journal Sleep showed people who didn’t get enough sleep had redder, baggier eyes; more wrinkles, paler, and well tired in there looks.
How you sleep on weekends is just as important – getting 8 hours of sleep if you go to bed at 9:00 pm won’t give you the same benefits as going to bed at 1:00 am.
It amps up your energy: If you get enough sleep and go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, you’ll be getting all the energy you need to function, this means you won’t be needing to rely on caffeine again, to be able to sleep because you would have gotten your rest the most natural way.
Increase your attention: If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re so prone to dizziness. You would hardly concentrate for anything. You would find it difficult to read if you are a student. Although scientists are still unraveling the link between sleep and learning, hundreds of studies show sleep is important to encode memories for the long term, and one study even showed power napping for 45 to 60 minutes increased learning and retention five fold.
You’ll be happier: Sleep is important in regulating your mood, so that you feel positive and don’t overreact. Studies show a lack of sleep affects serotonin levels in the brain, which helps keep you on an even keel. If you don’t get enough rest, you may be more likely to lash out.
Reduce your risk for metabolic syndrome
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, poor sleep increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. This is definitely a reason to go to bed when you feel sleepy.
Credits: Lifehack.org, sheknows.com.