Face it: When you don’t get enough sleep, you don’t want to do much of anything. You’re grouchy, irritable, lethargic, unmotivated, and unable to concentrate on anything other than the next time you’ll be under the covers again. Unfortunately, lack of rest has an impact on more than just your mood.
When we don’t get enough sleep, our productivity and ability to perform simple tasks suffer. It’s estimated that lack of productivity caused by sleep deprivation costs U.S. businesses $150 billion in losses every year. Due to increased work loads and longer work hours, the average person is sleeping less each night. Each person is different when it comes to the amount of sleep they need, but the Better Sleep Council recommends seven to eight hours per night. If you get less than the recommended amount of sleep, it may be reflected in your behavior and your work.
Not only does sleep deprivation immediately affect you, but it can also have lasting impacts on your health. Health issues can include ulcers, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system (which leaves you susceptible to a host of other illnesses). Sleep deprivation, also known as Zombieitis, can cause depression (where you don’t want to do much of anything) and general apathy.
While it may not feel like you are doing anything while you sleep, you’re actually getting the rest that you need to carry about everyday tasks.
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