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Do you know how much harm bad sleep habits can inflict on your body?
You may think that just missing a few hours of sleep here and there is no big deal…
…that those late nights out partying won’t affect your health long-term…
…or that you can just “sleep more and make it up” later on.
But that just isn’t true!
Sleep loss can lead to serious long-term health repercussions, and it can take weeks (or even months) of dedicated sleep to make up for a few nights of bad sleep habits.
It’s absolutely imperative that you take your sleep seriously—for your health’s sake—so below, we’re going to show you a few of the ways that poor sleep can have real, negative impacts on your health.
The 6 Ways Bad Sleep Habits Cause Serious Harm
Impaired nervous system – Your central nervous system, which includes your brain, is responsible for controlling literally everything that happens in your body. When functioning properly, it keeps your body working properly and at optimum capacity. Unfortunately, bad sleep habits can impair your central nervous system.
Sleep deprivation can actually prevent your body from creating new and repairing existing pathways to transmit information. This decreases memory storage and recall. Your concentration will also suffer when you’re sleep-deprived, because your central nervous system function is decreased and your brain is less effective at sending signals to the rest of your body.
Coordination may decrease, your alertness will wane, and you’ll struggle to focus on even simple tasks or make good decisions. Your mood will also suffer; you’ll be more vulnerable to mood swings and irritability. You might even find that your natural creativity decreases because you’re tired.
Incorrect hormone balance – Your hormones play significant roles in a lot of different internal functions: from digestion to sexual health to brain function to energy levels. In order for your body to produce and regulate your hormones, it needs AT LEAST three hours of sleep, uninterrupted. Without that amount of quality sleep, your levels of growth hormone and testosterone decrease, which can lead to less effective repairs of muscle and tissue damaged by your daily exercise and activity.
Daytime sleepiness – This isn’t a problem on the weekends when you can grab a quick nap in the middle of the day, but it can be a real issue come the work day. You’ll spend all day yawning and struggling to focus on your work, but be far less productive because your brain is tired and working less effectively. And because you can’t nap to try and make up for a lack of sleep at night, you’ll be more prone to falling asleep during the day—perhaps even when you’re driving!
People suffering from sleep deprivation may experience “microsleep”, periods where they fall asleep for a few seconds. This can be extremely dangerous if it happens while they are driving, operating heavy machinery, or doing surgery.
Decreased immunity – Your body needs sleep in order to maintain a strong immune system. Overnight, your body produces the cytokines and antibodies that protect you from infection and inflammation. Without sleep, your body can’t produce enough of these protectors, and this leaves you vulnerable. You’re more likely to get sick—with not only colds, coughs, and the flu, but also bacterial infections from spoiled or bad food—because you’re not sleeping enough for your body to maintain a healthy immune system.
Sleep deprivation also makes you more susceptible specifically to respiratory infections, and can worsen existing lung conditions or illnesses.
Poor cardiovascular health – A lack of sleep can elevate your blood pressure, cause higher levels of inflammatory chemicals in your bloodstream, and even lead to high blood sugar because your natural sugar regulators (like the insulin produced by your pancreas) aren’t functioning properly. Your body won’t be able to repair your heart, blood vessels, and lungs because it never “shuts down” long enough to restore damaged or deteriorating cells.
Bad sleep habits can lead to insomnia, which has been linked by multiple studies to higher risk of both strokes and heart attacks. Basically, by not sleeping enough, you’re putting the health of your heart—one of your most important organs!—in serious jeopardy.
Digestive issues – Sleep deprivation affects your digestive tract in a number of potentially serious ways. It can affect your hunger hormones (leptin and ghrelin), leading to higher risk of cravings and greater food intake because your body responds less effectively to the hormone that signals you’ve had enough to eat. Your body will also release less insulin in response to your meals, so your blood sugar levels remain higher for longer after you eat. Of course, sleep deprivation can also make your body more resistant to insulin and lower your glucose tolerance. This puts you at higher risk of diabetes, as well as metabolic disease and obesity.
And, of course, because you’re so tired all the time, you won’t have the energy to exercise. Without exercise, you can’t burn the excess calories, which causes you to gain weight—specifically body fat. Your risks of obesity double all because you’re not getting enough sleep!
Combat Bad Sleep Habits with PureSleep
As you can see by the information above, it’s absolutely critical that you get rid of those bad sleep habits and start making new, healthy habits today!
Of course, that’s often easier said than done.
Many people struggle to get back on a healthy sleep schedule because they’ve spent years sleeping only a few hours, or sleeping at different times every night. Or, it could be their late-night activities don’t allow them to fall asleep easy, and stress has them tossing and turning.
Sound familiar? If so, you’ll want to give PureSleep a try.
PureSleep is our solution to help you build good sleep habits starting tonight. It’s a natural remedy that will induce sleepiness, encourage deeper sleep, and help to relax your mind and body so you can drift off more easily. Made using all natural and organic ingredients, it’s a highly potent sleep aid that is perfectly safe for you.
Use it to help combat bad sleeping habits, and it can get your sleep and health back on track!
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