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Why You Should Be Getting Enough Sleep


I suffer from insomia, thank you United States Army! Don't get me wrong I loved my job and I loved the army, but there were days when we would get about 2-3 hours sleep, there were also days where we endured 24hr shifts. Those who've been in the army can relate. Hello CQ (Charge of Quarters) duty! As time went on, I learned how to survive on less than 3 hours of sleep and I have been doing it for quite some time now. We all do it from time to time: stay up too late watching Netflix, forego sleep in favor of spending more time with friends, wake up early to get some extra work in. What many of us don’t realize, however, is just how detrimental lack of sleep is to both physical and mental health. There are definitely responsibilities that can call us to get less-than-adequate sleep from time to time, but for the most part, the majority of us can make changes to our lifestyles that will allow us to get more hours of sleep in at night. In case you need some convincing, today Maurine Anderson is here with some solid reasons why you should be giving yourself adequate sleep at night.



It keeps your brain sharp.

When considering the disadvantages that go along with lack of sleep, it’s alarming to see just how many are centered around the brain alone. Not getting enough sleep impairs several cognitive processes, including alertness, attention, concentration, memory, problem solving, and reasoning. This makes it much more difficult to learn and retain information. It also impairs your judgment, which means that if you think you’re running just fine on little sleep, chances are you’re worse off than you think.


It allows you to perform your job at your best.

Sure, there are some jobs that allow you to go simply through the motions, but even then, not getting enough sleep is going to undermine your quality of work. Getting a good night’s rest is key to being able to perform at your best at work. Do you write for a living? Good luck recalling words and avoiding typos when you’re feeling sleepy. Are you constantly having to crunch numbers? Try getting everything right when your brain is functioning at a lower capacity. And as this article explains, adequate sleep is absolutely essential in some lines of work for safety reasons (think mining and truck driving, for example).

It keeps your skin healthy.

...and then there are the physical aspects of sleep deprivation to worry about. You may have seen yourself develop sallow skin and puffy eyes after a night of less-than-adequate sleep, but did you know that chronic sleep deprivation has longer lasting effects on your skin? Because lack of sleep keeps your skin from completing the self-repair it needs to at night, not getting enough sleep can lead to deeper wrinkles, dry skin, and an overall dull appearance. It can also cause existing skin conditions such as breakouts and dermatitis to worsen.

It keeps your weight down.

In case undermining the health of your skin wasn’t enough for you to worry about, you should know that sleep deprivation can also lead to weight gain. Lack of sleep has been linked to increased hunger and appetite, and it can even make you 30% more likely to become obese, according to a 2004 study.


It keeps other health risks down.

There are a number of other conditions you are at increased risk for as well when you chronically forego getting enough sleep. Some of these conditions include heart attack, heart disease, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

It helps you beat burnout.

Burnout happens the demands of a high-paced lifestyle cause you to regularly forego your personal needs, ultimately leading to chronic fatigue, insomnia, malnutrition, impaired concentration, anxiety, and even depression. Many workers, such as physicians, teachers, accountants, and full-time students, are especially prone to developing burnout, and sleep is a powerful weapon that these people can use to help fight it. As this article about beating burnout details, self-care is central to helping you avoid or treat burnout—and that includes getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly. They may seem like small things, but they make all the difference.


It can keep you from developing depression.

Scientific studies have linked mental disorders such as anxiety and depression to lack of sleep on numerous occasions. A 2005 study found that those who were diagnosed with anxiety or depression were more likely to be getting less than six hours of sleep per night. Another study in 2007 found that individuals suffering from insomnia—the sleeping disorder with the strongest link to depression—were five times more likely to develop depression than those without insomnia.

Let's discuss: Are you getting enough sleep? 

Annmarie John
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  1. I wish I could get more sleep, but my husband's snoring keeps me from getting the sleep I need.

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    1. So sorry to hear that. There could be lots of reasons for his snoring. Have you ever thought of visiting the doctor to find out why?

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  2. As a mom of two young kids, I don't always get enough sleep. I try to go to bed early and sleep later whenever I can. But some nights (like last night) are tough!

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    1. I can relate since I also have kids but we need to try and get as much as you can so you can function and deal with those kids throughout the day.

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  3. I feel like I never get enough sleep, it's mostly because I toss and turn all night. I just feel like I can't get comfortable!

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    1. I can truly relate Alyssa, I'm very much the same way. I go to bed late and I wake up early all because I toss and turn as well.

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  4. It can be so hard to get enough sleep, especially as a parent or someone with a fast-paced lifestyle. It's so important to get enough quality sleep so you don't burn out or make yourself ill.

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    1. Burn out surely is a problem when you're not getting enough. I also tend to get more migraines as well.

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  5. I don't get enough sleep either. I go to bed early but it's still not restful sleep

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    1. You may want to talk to your doctor about why that happens. I'm just the same way.

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  6. I try so hard to sleep at night. There are weeks I do wonderful in other weeks I will be up half the night. Unfortunately insomnia will kick in. I've never needed huge amounts of sleep but I would love it if the sleep I would get would be a much deeper. I would like to lose a little bit of weight, and I know sleep would help with that.

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    1. Oh I'm pretty much the same. I survive on little to no sleep but would love to have a bit more.

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  7. I think I do get enough sleep, but when left to my own devices, I always sleep late. I wonder if that's just a vacation or kid-free reaction, or if my body just prefers that. And even if I don't stay up late, I sleep late. I think I'm someone who needs a lot of sleep. Like in the 8-10 zone!

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    1. I've learned to survive on as much as 3. When the kids aren't around I still get little to none.

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  8. This is great advise. I never feel well, or even myself when I don't get enough sleep. It's so important for good health. Sadly, I am lacking too many days out of the month.

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    1. You might want to take a mini vacation and get some zzz's. Might actually help you.

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  9. I definitely notice a difference in my health and my mood when I'm not getting enough sleep. I think my sleep schedule gets messed up when I travel.

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    1. Oh so does mine and it's sometimes difficult to get back on track. It truly does affect my mood.

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  10. I go back and forth with getting enough sleep. Sometimes I sleep great for weeks on end then my schedule goes all wonky, I blame work at home stuff ;)

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    1. And that could be a reason but you've got to take control. :)

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  11. Sleep certainly can help you a lot, I do notice I am better on weight levels when I get a good nights sleep consistently.

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    1. That's great! I wish mine would stay consistent. Both my sleep and my weight.

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  12. Ughhh I definitely need more sleep in my life! I'm always complaining that I'm tired and people assume it's because I'm a mom, but the truth is my daughter is a fantastic sleeper! My mind is just go go go.

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    1. Oh that is so me. I go to sleep but I'm truly not sleeping because my mind is constantly racing. I actually have prescribed sleep meds just because of that.

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  13. Great post. Sleep is so important! I saved it to my Pinterest board for future reference and for a possible future roundup on www.feelingfit.info

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    1. Thank you Sam. I really appreciate that.

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  14. This is a great post on why you should be getting enough sleep. Being in the Army especially during training you don't get much sleep at all and it does become some what of a habit. It really is so important to get enough sleep for our brains. If our brains are not working right everything will be off. Thanks for sharing the information.

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    1. You're very welcome Rebecca and you're right. The army isn't conducive to you getting lots of sleep, sometimes it's even impossible to get 4 hours.

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  15. Sleep is really essential to our mind and body. I have experienced where I didn't get enough sleep and I am so cranky the next day.

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    1. And that's why kids are encouraged to take naps because they're just the same way. :)

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  16. Sleep is such an important thing for our physical and mental health. My husband used to suffer insomnia. Then we had kids. It's not an issue anymore.

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    1. hahaha I guess kids solved all your problems. Way to go Kids!

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  17. I also suffer from insomnia for so many different reasons. Sometimes I just need to put my mind to rest. Getting enough sleep is so important!

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    1. Sleep is very important whether people realize it or not. Insomnia is no laughing matter either. I had to go to my doctor to get something prescribed for it.

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  18. Sleep is so important, and it's amazing how many people have a lack of 'the right amount' of sleep! Great post to spread the importance of this problem.

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    1. Thank you Eloise. Very few people get the sleep they should and it does affect our bodies and health and wellbeing.

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