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Sleeping less than seven hours a night can have serious repercussions on our mind and body

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Sleeping too little or badly harms our body, not only from the point of view of mood or energy consumption but also because there are other problems that the lack of sleep can cause.

An adult male, on average, should sleep between 7 and 9 hours a night, but unfortunately, most men sleep less or do not consider it important to rest for all that time, feeling that they need to be always on the go.

In reality, sleep plays a fundamental role in the healthy functioning of our body and too little sleep leads to serious consequences.

  • Not sleeping well can lead to weight gain: Sleep acts on different functions of our body, one of these has to do with the molecules that regulate the feeling of hunger. Sleeping less makes us hungry more often, especially for the sugars and fats that the body requires. 
  • Sleeping too little or hardly at all can cause skin problems: Sleepless nights or sleeping just a few hours does not only produce the classic dark circles under our eyes but can also cause other skin problems. It can, for example, damage collagen, the protein that keeps our skin smooth and supple, thereby contributing to aging our skin prematurely. 
  • Sleeping too little can also cause more serious pathologies: Some of these pathologies are heart disease, heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias, hypertension, diabetes, and stroke. Moreover, it is estimated that 90% of the people suffering from insomnia can also suffer from other associated disorders, sometimes not yet manifested. 
  • Sleeping too little or badly leads to memory loss: Sleep helps to store and consolidate the data acquired during the day. Insufficient rest ensures that our brain cannot perform this activity satisfactorily.
  • Not resting leads to cognitive processes slowing down: Attention span decreases, and the ability to concentrate and solve problems is also reduced. Furthermore, there are also difficulties in learning. 
  • Sleeping less than 6 hours a night creates a predisposition for depression: Insomnia provides fertile ground for the appearance of various forms of depression and anxiety
  • Not getting enough sleep decreases libido: Sexual desire is also related to sleep. Not resting properly leads to a lowering of libido.
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Sleeping is too important for our cognitive and physical functions to think about sacrificing our sleeping hours. It is necessary to try to dedicate the right amount of time for resting and sleeping in order to live better and be positive and always full of energy! 

Source:https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/10-results-sleep-loss#1 

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