Remember the days of staying up all night, pulling an all-nighter is what we used to call it in my day, to study for an exam the next day or getting up early to cram some more information into our heads? The partying all night with friends or the hours long chats on the phone that lasted the better part of the night? Remember being able to get by on just a couple hours of sleep per night? Well, those days are long gone, aren’t they?
Experts now believe that lack of sleep, or sleep deprivation, can cause serious disorders in our systems, some of which can have lifelong effects.
As parents, it is up to us to keep ourselves fit and healthy to take care of our children.
Most adults in today’s world need a minimum of 6 hours and a maximum of 9 hours of sleep a night. Some, of course, would be able to get by with less while some would need more.
Impaired judgment affects visual working memory. Visual working memory is what helps one tell the difference between relevant and irrelevant stimuli in the environment. Impaired judgment is the most common lash back of lack of sleep.
Thousands of road accidents a year are attributed to driver fatigue and, in many cases, the drivers have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.
Sleep deprivation also affects your blood pressure. High blood pressure is a lifelong ailment and is also associated with an increased risk of heart disorders and stroke.
Sleep disorder plays havoc with the neurotransmitters in the brain by mimicking the symptoms of depression, anxiety and mania. This, in turn, causes mood swings.
The levels of hormones that regulate appetite can also be affected by sleep deprivation. Leptin, the hormone that tells you how much stored fat you have, drops and that kick starts the hunger hormone, ghrelin, into action. You start to overeat. You put on weight.
In severe cases of sleep deprivation, hallucinations are a common occurrence. In some rare cases, this leads to paranoid schizophrenia.
All in all, better to sleep and get proper rest than to push yourself. The price is too high to pay as a parent.