Why Does Sleep Matter?

If you’re anything like most Americans, a good night’s sleep is a luxury that is few and far between. Many Americans work so hard at their jobs, stay up so late with their kids, and hang out often enough with their friends, that by the time they finally lay down at night, it simply does not get them the required amount of sleep.

So, exactly how much sleep does an adult need anyway? Most adults need somewhere between 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, with many doctors cautioning patients to aim towards the high side of that range. Although pulling an all-nighter can be tempting, it is ultimately bad for your health.

Here are three reasons you should get more sleep:

1) Productivity
When you don’t sleep, you simply aren’t able to focus as well the next day. Most of the brain functions related to intense focus and consistent productivity are fueled by the energy that we get from sleeping and, as such, are severely taxed when you choose to skip your nightly Zzzs.

2) Weight
Sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain for a variety of different reasons. These reasons include a lack of motivation to work out, a lowered metabolism functionality, and a reduced ability to control yourself, especially when it comes to sugary foods and late-night snacks.

3) Mood
Have you ever heard the saying, “He isn’t a happy camper”? If so, you would probably know that most people who aren’t “happy campers,” much like with real camping, are in such a mood because of lack of sleep. Getting 8 hours of sleep a night will ensure that you are able to be on your best behavior the next day, and keep you on smooth paths with your friends and coworkers.