Why sleep is important and you shouldn’t dismiss it

By: MILO BOYD

We’ve all been there, staying up late, whether it be for studying, talking to friends, or just being unable to sleep, we’ve all stayed up to late hours of the night before finally deciding to go to sleep. But when does staying up all hours become unhealthy? 

According to Consumer Reports, an American nonprofit consumer organization, about 68% of Amercians struggle with sleep problems. What do these sleep problems do to you? Obviously the answer isn’t positive, but it still shouldn’t be overlooked. The most prevalent and noticeable effect is how it affects the mind, sleep deprivation can lead to depression, anxiety, anger, and fatigue. Along with this, lack of sleep can slow down  your cognitive process and put a dent in performance in all aspects of your life, this can be very detrimental for students and teens. 

However, the effects don’t stop at the mind, but can also be seen in your physical health. Sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, and even weight gain/obesity. According to Webmd, sleep deprivation causes you to have less leptin, a hormone that tells you to stop eating, plus lack of sleep can also slow down your metabolism.

So maybe think twice before sacrificing your sleep for studying or gaming, because it’s crucial for your health, and those needed 8 hours of sleep could improve your life significantly. 

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