Awake at Night: Does Sleep Really Matter?

A captivating show on television has kept you up until 1 AM. It’s no big deal, because you can just catch up on sleep, right? The more sleep you lose, the longer it takes to catch up, if you become sleep deprived enough, it can have lasting effects on your body.

When you sleep, your entire body is benefiting from it. It helps to repair blood vessels, give the brain a break, and to maintain your general wellbeing. Those who regularly sleep experience fewer chronic health conditions, and are able to think, react, and even learn better than those that do not get enough. As more time passes, there is a greater risk of depression, suicide, and dangerous risk taking behavior that the individual may experience.

Conditions like obesity, diabetes, stroke, kidney disease, and even heart disease are more likely in these individuals. The longer you go without sleep, the harder it is for the body to regulate and normalize its essential functions. That means there is more of a hit that your body is taking as a result.

So while you might feel that being awake at night isn’t a problem, it does have some long term effects to consider. It’s important that you do what you can to fall asleep on time and to avoid constant late nights, followed by a lack of sleep. This doesn’t mean the occasional light night for something special is a problem. However, continuous days on end where you aren’t getting at least 6 – 8 hours of good sleep could have a lasting negative effect on your health. If you find you are struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep, it is a good idea to consult with your doctor. This could be the sign of a significant health concern.

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Latest update: June 16, 2016