Low sleep increases Cortisol
Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone”. If we don’t get enough sleep, we have an elevated levels of cortisol. And according to Dr. Oz, high cortisol winds up as a spare tire in the area of your gut. So then, add weight gain and huge belly fat to the list of the low testosterone negatives when we don’t get enough sleep.
Low sleep makes you die quicker
Want to live a long, healthy life? Lifespan has been linked to sleep. According to 16 studies, spanning over a million test subjects, which observed 112163 deaths, the results were that you have a 12% increased risk of early death if you sleep less than 6 hours each day.
So now where are we? Oh yes, all the detriments of lower testosterone, harder to get rid of belly fat, and you have an increased risk of early death. All this from not getting enough sleep. Have you decided to budget the time necessary for 8 hours yet?
Daytime alertness down 32%
According to this article at webmd.com:
Decreased Performance and Alertness: Sleep deprivation induces significant reductions in performance and alertness. Reducing your nighttime sleep by as little as one and a half hours for just one night could result in a reduction of daytime alertness by as much as 32%.
Risk of accidents
The webmd article didn’t stop there, and continued to elaborate on accidents at work and on the road, which are caused by sleep deprivation.
Automobile Injury: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates conservatively that each year drowsy driving is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities.
And you have double the risk of getting into an injury at work.
Benefits of getting enough sleep.
We have examined the problems associated with lack of sleep. The opposites are true, if you get your 8 hours of rest in. By getting adequate rest, you observe the following benefits:
- Increased sex drive.
- Increased sperm production.
- Increased muscle strength.
- Easier to keep your weight in check.
- Stronger bones.
- Increased red cell production.
- Increased immune system.
- Improved metabolism.
- Balanced hormones.
- Increased lifespan.
- 32% more alert during day.
- Decreased risk of accidents.
Are you a true believer in getting 8 hours of sleep now? Thanks for reading, and I hope you take the knowledge to heart and improve your life starting today, by getting enough sleep!