You must sleep for enough rest, as the importance of rest and sleep trumps all. Sleep deprivation shows the importance of sleep, so sleep right and regularly.


At times, we struggle with deadlines and activity. For, we do not get enough rest. That is, we disregard the importance of rest and sleep.

Many people said they experienced sleep deprivation during the 2020 pandemic. In particular, their sleep patterns changed from normal to one of a night owl.

Everybody sleeps! Moreover, it is not just us; no creature can deny the importance of sleep. Sleep tight, but, more importantly, follow a natural routine.


The Importance of Sleep

Sleep deprivation makes you weak without physical effort. Though resting lets us regenerate from wear and tear, we often emphasize recreation more.


Stages of sleep and functions

The stages of sleep are:



Consciousness is 75% of our days, while sleep is 4-5 cycles of 90-110 minutes.



Non-REM sleep

Non-rapid eye movement sleep recharges the brain, flushing out toxic byproducts from the day.



REM sleep

Rapid eye movement sleep contrasts low muscle tones with high brain activity, i.e. dreams.




Sleep and mental wellbeing

Sleep and mental health cause each other. In other words, we cannot say, “Sleep deprivation worsens mental health,” without saying, “Mental disorders balk healthy sleep.”

However, sleep promotes sound mental health and clear thinking, preventing mental ills. Again, it not only reloads or fuels us but also motivates through dreams, which we experience during sleep.




What distinguishes routined sleep

Sleep, a fourth of our time, has two main stages: non-REM and REM sleeps. However, these alternate for 4-5 cycles of about 1.5-2 hours each night. In sum, around 8 hours daily is optimal sleep duration. Besides, the time of day matters: day sleeping harms your body functions, drive, and mental health.





How to Diagnose Sleep Deprivation

Prolonged sleep deprivation, i.e. getting insufficient sleep, brings serious harm to cognitive function.


How sleep deprivation destroys body and mind

Night owls! Beware sleep deprivation.


Effects of sleep deprivation on the body

Sleep deprivation:

1.   Ages skin.

2.   Invites heart disease.

3.   Causes diabetes and stroke.

4.   Makes you fat.

5.   Kills faster.



Effects of sleep deprivation on the brain

Again, sleep deprivation:

1.   Blunts memory.

2.   Impairs judgement.

3.   Depletes sex drive.

4.   Depresses.

5.   Dumbs down.




Symptoms of sleep deprivation

Time reveals the severe effects of sleep deprivation. Nevertheless, a sleep-deprived person shows these symptoms of sleep deprivation:

1.   Anxiety, which clouds the mind.

2.   Daytime fatigue, which drags you down.

3.   Depression, which steals your happiness.

4.   Frequent yawning, which shames in public.

5.   Irritability, which disrupts others’ lives.

6.   Suicidal thoughts, perhaps the worst of all.




Causes of sleep deprivation

To prevent sleep deprivation, we must know what causes it. These things play key roles:

Breaking routine

Deadlines, night shifts, school projects, or plain untidiness makes our sleep untidy.



Wrong sleeping environment

Electronic rays, noise, and temperature disrupt sleep.



Indirect medical problems

Anxiety and depression, in turn, obstruct sleep. Moreover, teeth grinding, obesity, and sleep apnea contribute.





Why You Must Get Enough Rest

Now, only sleeping cannot make life all bright and happy. However, rest heals you. Thus, you can do daring, fresh, and energetic tasks.


Cognitive benefits

The cognitive benefits of routined sleep:

1.   Sleep allows clear thinking and sharpness. Therefore, you make productive decisions.

2.   Sleep gives you hope for the future. People who sleep on time wake up focused and determined to meet their goals.

3.   Sleeping heightens your awareness. Thus, you feel younger.

4.   Sleep replenishes sex drive, working miracles for your reproductive health.

5.   After sleep, you may handle social situations well.

6.   Sleep keeps your memory intact, so you retain information longer.

7.   Sleep makes for a fresh, cheery, and positive outlook on things.




Physical benefits

The physical benefits of sleep:

1.   Sleep may let you live a longer life. First, sleep reduces stress, so you stay young. Second, sleep reduces blood pressure and risks of heart disease. Last, sleep fights obesity.

2.   Sleeping releases growth hormones. Thus, over time, you change in build and features.

3.   Your skin ages normally only if you sleep.

4.   Sleep decreases the risk of deadly diseases, e.g. arrhythmia, diabetes and stroke.

5.   Sleep heals your body’s daily wear and tear.

6.   Having slept, you bike, run, and swim better.





My goal with this post is to present solutions to sleep disorders, e.g. insomnia, sleep deprivation, and nocturnality. In short, to cure “night owl sleep”.

Therefore, I have listed fixes to sleep deprivation and other sleep problems in easy words. Moreover, you have learned the benefits and gravity of sleep.

Worthy of mention, every balanced system has opposing polarities–too much and little. Oversleeping is harmful as sleep deprivation. Yet routine and discipline fixes both.


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