It’s called Beauty Sleep for a reason

A recent survey found that most people today are sleeping less than six hours a night. Up to 75% of people reported that they had trouble sleeping at least a few nights per week. A short-lived bout of insomnia is usually nothing to concern yourself over, however sufferers of chronic sleep loss should think twice about the effect that no sleep could be having on their health in general; problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decrease in the immune system’s power are but a few of the concerns when you're getting less than six hours of good quality sleep.

Here are 6 reasons to get to bed early tonight:

  • The brain commits new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation, so while you sleep you are effectively backing up your brain computer.
  • Sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store complex carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
  • Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime, and one can only imagine how dangerous this could be.
  • If you don't get enough sleep, you'll inevitably be irritable and impatient, your ability to concentrate will decrease, and you'll be moody. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
  • Sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, depression, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
  • Deprivation also depresses your immune function, so if you've been fighting a bug, a bit more sleep should help to nip it in the bud.