Sleep plays a vital role in good health and wellbeing throughout our life.
Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect our mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
For athletes and bodybuilders, a good night’s sleep becomes even more important as the body repairs itself when we sleep.
Many important physical phenomena like Hormone secretion, muscle repair, etc. take place when you sleep.
So, it is essential to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. If you are not getting a minimum of 6 hours of sleep, you may experience the ill effects of sleep deprivation which may include impaired cognitive abilities, degraded performance at work, slow down your metabolism, etc.
Harmful side effects:
The immune system is not as powerful as it should be normally. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body may not be able to fend off invaders, and it may also take you longer to recover from illness.
When you don’t get enough sleep your body has a difficult time processing the protein called leptin, which will make you hungry throughout the day, which in turn ends up making you obese.
Lack of sleep in long terms can develop high blood pressure, which can lead to heart diseases over time.
According to a study, sleep deprivation has been linked to Diabetes. The results showed, that the body did not use insulin as effectively as it should when it doesn’t get enough sleep.
Loss of sleep can also affect hormone production, including growth hormones and testosterone in men, which in turn will affect your muscle growth.
Depression and Anxiety can also be a common reaction for people struggling with chronic sleep deficiency.