Thursday, July 9, 2009


Sleeping is a basic necessity of our body. However, in a fast paced society where every minute counts, the waking hours is not even enough to cope with the demands of our living. Nowadays when work is not anymore limited to 8:00am to 5:00pm office works, working hours extended to the fullest. In an industrialized society, some people even have to work at night instead of doing the normal schedule of a human being when night falls, to sleep.

In some points of our life, we may have experienced sleep deprivation. Maybe because of the call of duty. Maybe some became used to night life. Regardless of the reason, chronic lack of sleep can lead to serious health condition. Evidence that sleep deprivation is bad to our health had been pilling up. The reality is that our body needs to rejuvenate . Rejuvenation prepares our body for the next days’ loads and challenges. Getting enough sleep is as important as eating. Start messing up with your sleep cycle and you messed up with your bodys’ metabolism, hormone levels and blood pressure.

Not allowing our body to rejuvenate thru proper sleeping habits have its consequence. Mild repercussion of chronic lack of sleep includes fatigue, irritability and blurry vision. Some serious effects include depression, heart disease and hypertension. More serious health issues may also come up. It can lead to heart disease. Not getting enough sleep releases stress hormones and proteins that creates risk of heart attack and stroke. It can also affect the way our body processes our blood sugar. Studies shows that healthy young male and female have the same level of insulin and blood sugar to those people who are on the verge of diabetes after sleeping for four hours a night for six days. Therefore, less sleep could raise the risk of diabetes. More so, sleeping less have a negative effect to our hormones. The hormones that controls our appetite will be out of its natural balance. Hence, risking obesity.

Proper sleeping habit is very important to be healthy. Just as proper exercise and eating is equally important. Unfortunately, most does not have much respect for sleep. Some of us feel that it is fine to stay up late. Some of us even longed for nightfall. As the night begins, life begins. I can always sleep for a few hours anyway. Little did we realize that by these lifestyle and habits, we put our body and our health in jeopardy.

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