This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Sleep Less Than 6 Hours A Day

Lack of sleep is an epidemic which has spread across the world. Especially in the 21st century, when technology has taken over our lives and gadgets such as mobile phones have become our best friends, we spend more time with Facebook and Snapchat daily than we do with our actual friends. Mobile phones are embedded in our lives so deep that on an average every human being with a mobile device receives a notification every third minute, all across the day.

None of this can be an excuse for not sleeping well. There are multiple reasons why you can not be sleep deprived and need to put sleep on your 'priority task' list. American Academy for Sleep Medicine says that one in every three adults is suffering from lack of sleep today.

I must be one of them. Are you? Let's find out.


Within 48 hours, your body is under lack of Oxygen

As oxygen level reduces in your body, your athletic abilities start to slow down and you tend to feel slower than usual. Within 72 hours, the body starts to feel agitated, concentration hits a new low and you become accident prone in case you are driving.

Lack of sleep makes you dumb.

Yes, that's correct. Research conducted by US military says, "Losing one hour of sleep per night for a week will cause a level of cognitive degradation equivalent to a 10 blood alcohol level."

You start to loose your memory.

Just like the book-keeping exercise in the accounts department of an organization, our brains does its book-keeping as well and it does that when we are asleep. There is a brain event called "sharp wave ripples" which is responsible for consolidating memory.

It makes you highly unproductive

You are getting dumb and you are losing memory, don't tell me you didn't see this one coming. You gotta get unproductive if the above two are happening for any reason whatsoever, leave apart the sleep.

Reducing your week from 6 days to 5 and your daily working hours and using that time to improve your sleeping habits will result in.

Depression is waiting for you.

It happens to me. Every single time I find myself working late night for a week or so in a row, my behavior changes. I am usually not-so-positive towards things and my happiness level hits an all time low. I tend to avoid people in office and on calls. Mostly I am people's guy but during those days, I like to be alone and be quite all the time.

SEX - Yes, that is affected as well

At least now you will start to take this issue seriously. This one is pretty obvious, though. A man/woman who is agitated at all times is not productive at work and is feeling depressed can never perform well during the intercourse as well.

Sleep well if you hate getting fat.

Look at this picture, I said - Look at this picture twice my friend. I know you hate it. Here is what you gotta do - Start sleeping well

You age faster.

Last but not the least, lack of sleep helps you die faster (pun intended). Remember that dry skin and puffy eyes after your all-nighter at the office? That's exactly the sign of you aging faster. Cortisol is a hormone that increases stress in the body and lack of sleep increases that a lot. Also, lack of sleep leads to low secretion of Human Growth Hormone.

I know you want to live long and so do I. Now you know, what you need to do.

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