We all need to sleep as much as we need food, water, air and other things of value to survive. People in society, today are working so hard that they become distracted by a variety of things. Many are juggling more than one job at a time, loss of sleep due to worry, uncomfortable beds, noise pollution and the list goes on. Today, there are several millions of people who regard sleep as a waste of time because they have so much to do. It could be things such as a deadline that they regard as more important and as a result they tend to do without sleep. However, in the long run, terrible consequences follow.
They end up failing to give their best at their jobs and production suffer, mistakes are made, drowsiness take over their bodies, they become irritable and blame others at work and as a result they may even get fired from their jobs. There is also the possibility that their wages or salaries shrinks, plus they are refused the promotion that they think they should receive. Sleep deprivation affects our decisions, mood, emotion, our social interaction and more.
Sleep deprivation allows people to constantly get into problems at home with families, on the street with friends or strangers and there is the possibility of an accident, such as a car crash, when they fall asleep suddenly at the wheels of a moving vehicle. During January 2013, The Center of Disease Control and Prevention stated that 4.2% of drivers reported falling asleep within a month. Imagine how many cars are on the road in a daily base and you will understand that this is a big number. The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and in a National poll by the National Sleep Foundation confirms that 250,000 drivers fall asleep at the wheels every day. There are over 100,000 accidents in the United States each year include nearly 2000 deaths plus 40,000 injuries annually. Such are a part of the consequences of not getting enough sleep.
It doesn’t matter what is our age group or our professional because sleeping is just as important as being awake, and it is needed for the restorative processes like muscle repair. For example, there are batteries that are considered rechargeable and after they have lost their power they are unable to operate and so they are recharged again so that they can be useful. In the same order, our bodies need sleep to recharge or renew our systems.
Some of our illnesses are caused from sleep deprivation, which make our bodies weak and unable to fight disease properly when they surface. In reality, our immune system is unable to fight disease and the heart becomes bad, the risk of diabetes and cancer and possible weight gain. The brain will constantly forget minor and important things and thinking began to seem like a very hard job to do. You may not even remember the name of your closest friend, nor remember what you were told five minutes ago.
There are many beautiful ladies and handsome gentlemen around today, but by tomorrow their looks, suffer and may seem as if they have aged while others in their age groups look far younger. So if you are extremely pretty or handsome watch out. There is also the possibility that over time your closest friends and neighbor may not be able to recognize you.
If you are a University student your grades will suffer, if you are a Banker you will end up making a lot of financial mistakes at the bank, if you are a farmer there is a chance you will fall and hurt yourself, If you are the Prime Minister or President of a country you will make bad decisions and your country’s economy will suffer. Whoever you are or whatever your field of employment, if sufficient sleep is not received you will pay for it.
The price for not receiving sufficient sleep is costly, therefore, let us do the right thing for our bodies. All those who wish to improve learning or doing anything productive, go and get seven to nine hours of sleep. Save your health and your future by doing the honorable thing for your well-being.