Many people think that sleeping is just not worth it. If a person sleeps, he or she is wasting precious time that can be dedicated to productive activities, such as education or work, or to recreational activities, like sports and video games.
But it can be argued that sleeping is also productive and recreational. It is productive because you are not wasting time, as you are repairing your body from the damages it has sustained all throughout the day. It is recreational because it is a form of rest and relaxation.
There are two main reasons why getting adequate sleep is important. The first one is already stated above – it rejuvenates the body. The second one can be more complicated – it prevents the effects of sleep deprivation.
Your body is not invincible. Like tools, equipment, and machines, it is prone to wear and tear. So, if you do not maintain it properly, it is going to have defects and malfunctions.
Not getting enough sleep results into physical and mental problems. In the physical aspect, it can result into fatigue and excessive sleepiness during the day. This can compromise your productivity and safety. Your productivity is compromised because you can’t really move adequately when you feel exhausted. Your safety is compromised because you may fall asleep on the worst scenarios, like when you are driving.
Lack of sleep can also result into medical conditions, such as how your exhaustion and lack of physical activity can lead to obesity. Also, according to the website of Silent Night Therapy, untreated sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and even stroke.
Sleep deprivation can limit your mental capabilities. This is especially true on specific mental aspects, such as alertness and assertiveness, comprehension and concentration, learning and memorization, and reaction time.
Lack of sleep may also lead to psychological issues, including anxiety, depression, and increased irritability. These issues may lead to other behaviors, such as escapist tendencies like overeating and violent tendencies like wanting to start a fight because of increased irritability.