What You Lose When You Lose Sleep

Sleep can have substantial positive effects in your short- and long-run health.

Rough night? Sometimes, life gets in the way of a restful night’s sleep. However, it’s important to catch up and get back on track. Read on to appreciate the true value of sleep for overall wellness and productivity.

Physically

Giving yourself more time to snooze in the morning can mean improved coordination and agility throughout the day.1 Especially for tasks like driving and (strangely enough) taking public transportation.2 Research also shows that consistently getting enough sleep can help boost your immune system and protect against conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and bone loss.3

Mentally

Over time, a full night’s sleep can mean all the difference when making a good or bad split-second decision. Being well rested improves your daily ability to learn, remember, focus, problem-solve, and make sound judgments.4 So if an hour more of sleep is what you need to stay sharp, make sure you get it—for productivity’s sake.

Emotionally

An easy way to feel more confident and competent each day is to get the right amount of sleep each night. Just a little more shuteye can improve your mood, energy, and health.3 Your well-rested self can then approach challenges from a stronger and more positive state of being.

The standard recommendation is that healthy adults should get eight hours of sleep each night.3, 5 However, some peoples’ optimal number of hours of sleep can be a mere six hours or as many as ten hours. The key is to find how much sleep you require to function at your peak without feeling sleepy or drowsy.5