Why Is Sleep So Important? By: Archie Coole

Would you ever drink alcohol and go to school? Of course, you wouldn't because not only is it foolish, but it would be impossible to concentrate and get your work done. However, going to school without enough sleep can actually have the same effect on you and your performance. This just shows why sleep is important for good health and well-being. In my essay I am going to talk about the importance of sleep and how not getting enough sleep affects your physical and mental health and performance, what the effects are on lack of sleep, and your body’s sleep calendar.

What can happen to you if you are sleep deprived?

The first reason why sleep is important is because you can get various diseases and you can die from sleep deprivation. According to slate.com’s article called “Can You Die From Lack of Sleep? They quote,” “Although no one has yet, it is possible that a human being can die from lack of sleep.” Also, people have died because sleep deprivation has lead to various fatal diseases, such as, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stress, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and heart failure. It seems that most of these problems occur to the heart. According to webmd.com’s talk with Phyllis Zee, she states, “Shortened sleep can increase CRP, or C-reactive protein, which is released with stress and inflammation.” "If your CRP is high, it's a risk factor for cardiovascular and heart disease.” Clearly, you can see that if you don’t get enough sleep, you can get these various diseases or death.

How can sleep deprivation effect your sleep calendar?

The second reason why sleep is important is because it can affect your sleep calendar, also known as your body’s sleep clock. Your sleep calendar or sleep clock is how many hours you sleep each night. So, if one night you sleep 8 hours and another you sleep 6 hours, but you normally sleep 11 hours you have lost 8 hours of extra sleep. This can affect you because according to prevention.com’s Dr. Rosenberg, “You can’t actually catch up on lost sleep, if anything you make it worse by changing your sleep habits each night.” The effects however can include big bags under your eyes, a bad look and feel on your skin, and a agitated attitude. Even a firefighter, interviewed by Quora quotes, “ On the outside this is very visible. I went from looking like a regular guy in his mid-twenties to some dude that most people thought was in his mid-forties. I had dark bags under my eyes, bad skin, dull senses, and a very stoic attitude.” In fact, wikihow.com quotes, “ The best way to actually try and “catch up” is to set a bed time every night and work towards getting in bed at that time.” They also said “ You should record your bedtime in a notebook and calculate how much time you sleep each night.” “ Try to avoid chocolate, caffeine, large meals, alcohol, and dietary changes before bed for a better night's sleep.” Here is another reason why if you don’t get enough sleep each night, you can ruin your body’s sleep calendar and sleep clock.

How can sleep deprivation effect you Psychically and mentally?

The last reason why sleep is important is because it affects your performance mentally and physically. Psychically, a lack of sleep can slow down your reaction time, you can have microsleep, it can ruin your coordination and balance, and can even make you hallucinate. Mentally on the other hand, it has the almost the same effect as being intoxicated, it changes your choices and judgement, you can become depressed, it can make work hard for your brain to keep up, it can give you temporary memory loss, and it can change your mood. As you can see, this is another very important reason why sleep is important. It can slow down your reaction time and can ruin your coordination and balance.

As you can see, there are many reasons why sleep is important. Sleep deprivation affects your mental and physical health and appearance. It can even lead to various diseases and possibly death. Therefore, you should get the right amount of sleep each and every night. As students, we should stop wasting so much time with technology and social media to get a good night's rest.

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