Skimping on sleep for an all-nighter project, a raving party or for some reason necessary affects us more than we know. The recommended sleep for adults is between seven and nine. However, the Centers for Disease Control noted that about 30% of people get less than six hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation affects our appearance, immune system, and brain functions.
When you miss your sleep, you're depriving your body of its chance to heal and restore lost energy.
Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Making up for lost sleep with 30-minute naps is also a good strategy to help decrease the negative effects of sleep deprivation. But now, more than ever, practicing good sleeping habits and getting to bed on time goes a long way in helping our body get the rest it deserves. Sleeping is no longer just a beauty rest. It’s our mind and body’s holy grail to recuperate.
We all need to be touched. Our need for physical contact is manifested since birth. As babies, we cry, suckle, and cling to our parents or caregivers. These attachment behaviors promote physical closeness, and we might be reaping the benefits without us knowing.
Cuddling for about 10 minutes releases a hormone called oxytocin or the “love hormone” while inhibiting cortisol aka "the stress hormone". It relieves pain, boosts your immune system, and eases stress or tension. Cuddling before bedtime is even greater because it helps you fall asleep.
Lack of sleep affects the immune system. People who slept 6 hours or less were 4 times more likely to catch a cold compared to those who have an average of 7 hours or more of sleep. Major benefits your immune system gets with enough sleep include the following:
Increased immune function, reduced risk to colds and flu, fight infection and illnesses, help recover from diseases, and beats mental disorders.