How does one night's sleep loss affect you?
If you've been awake all night working, you're certainly familiar with the feelings of lethargy, anger, and poor focus that come with sleep deprivation. However, being up for 24 hours has an impact on your entire body, with discomfort and difficulty concentrating being just a few of the side effects.
If you have lost sleep all night to work, you probably know the feeling of lethargy, sluggishness, irritability and poor concentration after 24 hours of sleep deprivation. However, being awake for 24 hours continuously affects your entire body, of which discomfort and difficulty concentrating are only part of the manifestation.
So how does a night of sleep deprivation really affect our bodies in the short and long term? If you often stay up late, don't forget to read the article below to better understand the effects of this habit!
1/ What happens to the body when we don't sleep for 24 hours continuously?
After staying awake for a full day, your body will often show the following symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory instability
- Fantastic hands and feet, unable to do many things at once
- Increases blood sugar
- Increases stress hormones
- Muscle aches
Therefore, lack of sleep makes you prone to accidents, easy to make wrong judgments, and less flexible in handling situations. In addition, fatigue causes the brain to enter a state of exhaustion and automatically shut down certain parts of the brain, even though we still look completely awake. This is the reason why after 24 hours of being awake, our ability to work and coordinate completely decreases.
In the long term, in adults, prolonged sleep deprivation is one of the causes of high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, stress, and anxiety. . For children, lack of sleep affects the ability to study, communicate with friends, difficult to integrate, causing negative impacts on psychological development.
2/ How to limit insomnia and lack of sleep?
In general, we all need at least 7 hours of sleep a day, and the needs of young children will be slightly more. In addition, besides getting enough sleep, you also need to ensure quality sleep by following these simple tips:
- Maintain a fixed sleep schedule: always go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, including weekends
- Avoid using electronic devices, including phones, computers, and televisions in the bedroom
- Keep the bedroom dark and at a moderate temperature
- Avoid using coffee, tobacco before bed
- Relax body and mind before going to bed by reading books, doing gentle exercises
- Keep your mattress and pillow clean
- Exercise regularly, but not close to bedtime
- Avoid eating close to bedtime
- Using pillows, mattress materials and designs suitable for health and sleeping habits, such as foam mattress
- If you need a nap during the day, limit it to 20 minutes to avoid nocturnal insomnia
Trying to stay up all night to complete work in a hurry is inevitable in a busy life. However, try to limit this lifestyle as much as possible to maintain a healthy body.
To understand more about factors that can affect sleep, you can refer to the article on sleep's "enemy" and how to sleep in pain okay!