Why You Need 8 Hours Of Sleep Every Night

1. So You Don't Lose Your Libido

Studies have shown that both men and women that don't get enough sleep have lower libidos. This can cause a serious rift in the relationship as a low libido equals a lack of interest in intimacy. Lack of sleep drains your energy and increases your tension, which can make intimacy less appealing. Men who suffer from sleep apnea don't produce as much testosterone which also contributes to the libido. A little extra sleep today can help you keep your partner up all night tomorrow.

2. So You Don't Lower Your Immune System

Not getting enough sleep damages your body's natural healing abilities which will cause you to get sick more often. In order for your body to heal properly you need an adequate amount of rapid eye movement (REM) and non-rapid eye movement sleep. Not getting this type of sleep will make it much harder for your body to fight off diseases.
There's a reason why your doctor always recommends a good night of sleep in order to cure a cold. You could however enjoy the alternative and just walk around sick all the time, but something tells us that hot date you're going to take out on Friday night isn't going to be very happy when you sneeze all over her.

3. So You Don't Start Hallucinating

Lack of sleep may cause you to question your sanity in the first place, but when you start seeing things that aren't really there, you are headed for a bad time. It's estimated that 80% of people who feel sleep deprived will experience hallucinations at one point or another. If you are starting to see things that you know aren't really there, then you need to get some rest as soon as possible.
Hallucinations from lack of sleep can make you disoriented and also lead to mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and paranoia. Just remember purple elephants don't exist so if you see one, consider it a sign that you need more sleep.

4. You Don't Get Nauseas

Nausea is never an enjoyable feeling and it's even less enjoyable when you're tired. Without a good night of sleep you will get headaches as well as feel dizzy, and without a good sense of balance you could easily upset your stomach. Lack of sleep messes with all sorts of internal processes and chemicals inside your body that will cause you to feel nauseous.
Your body needs rest and if it doesn't get the proper amount, it will let you know that it isn't happy about it. Do yourself a favor and take a quick nap before you end up puking up last night's dinner.

5. So You Don't Become Cranky

How many times have you gone to work or out in public when you're overtired and just felt like screaming at everyone and everything in your path? Don't worry it happens to the best of us. The fact is that lack of sleep makes us all more irritable than usual.
When you're irritable you are naturally angry and start taking out your anger on people who may not deserve it. Do your friends and coworkers a favor by getting a good night's sleep, or else you could end up saying something that could cause your friends to hate you or you to lose your job.

6. So You Don't Die Young

Lack of sleep leads to many different health related problems, but did you know that it could shorten your life span? Short sleepers tend to die much younger than people who sleep 7 to 8 hours a night. The lack of sleep can often lead to fatal health problems.
Studies have shown that people who don't get enough sleep are 4 times more likely to die over a 14 year period. If you think you might be one of those people who doesn't sleep enough, you should probably take a nap right now, your life may depend on it.

7. So You Don't Have A Higher Risk Of Getting Cancer

Studies have shown that lack up sleep can increase your risk of getting cancer. Out of 1,240 people that took part in a 2010 study, 338 of them were diagnosed with cancer. It was later discovered that all 338 of the people diagnosed very rarely slept more than 6 hours a night.
Getting only 6 hours of sleep or less a night has also been linked to an increase in recurrence in breast cancer patients. Sleeping well can not only reduce your risk of cancer, but can also help it from returning in people who have managed to overcome it. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a good nights sleep can do a lot more than that.

8. So You Don't Damage Your Bones

According to a study that was conducted using rats in 2012, sleep deprivation contributes to osteoporosis. When the rats were deprived of sleep for 72 hours they showed changes to their bone mineral density and bone marrow. It is suspected that sleep deprivation has a similar effect on humans. You need your bones. As a matter of fact without them you wouldn't be able to do much, so give in to the old saying and rest your bones.

9. So You Don't Get Dumber

To make a long story short, sleep helps you think good. Your body needs to be rested in order to learn. Lack of sleep impairs your attention, alertness, reasoning and ability to solve problems. Without all of those cognitive functions you are pretty much a zombie. If you don't get the proper amount of sleep, you may find yourself with a nasty desire to eat brains.

10. You Will Experience Memory Loss

During a 2009 study French and American scientists that brain events known as "sharp wave ripples" are what your brain uses to compile memories. The ripples also transfer information you have learned to a part of your brain where it can be stored. Ok so what's the big deal you ask? These "sharp wave ripples" occur mostly while you are in a deep sleep. What this means is that if you don't get the right amount of sleep all of the information you take in pretty much becomes useless. They say an elephant never forgets but that's because an elephant gets plenty of sleep.

11. So You Don't Look Older

You ever notice how when you don't sleep you get bags under your eyes? Well that's not the only negative effect that lack of sleep can have on your skin, it can speed up the aging process.
When you don't sleep your body releases more cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Cortisol breaks down the protein that keeps your skin smooth. The more your skin breaks down, the more likely you are to get wrinkles and unhealthy looking skin which will make you look older. They don't call it beauty sleep for nothing.

12. So You Don't Get Depressed

Over time, lack of sleep can cause you to become very depressed. Sleep disorders such as insomnia have a very strong link to depression. During a 2007 study which included 10,000 people, those with insomnia were shown to be five times more likely to develop depression. Insomnia and depression are linked so close together that insomnia is actually said to be the first sign of depression.
Sleep loss amplifies the effects of depression and depression makes it easier to sleep. The positive side to this situation is that treating sleep problems can also help cure depression. Keep a smile on your face and get those eight hours a night!

13. So You Don't Increase Your Risk Of Heart Disease

Sleeping properly is as beneficial to your heart as not smoking. Lack of sleep puts you at a much higher risk for heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. Sleeping for 8 hours a night can reduce your risk of heart disease by 24 percent.
When you combine a good sleep routine with exercise and proper diet, your risk of heart disease decreases by 83 percent. Get some sleep...your heart needs a break.

14. So You Don't Gain Weight

Everyone knows that diet and exercise are important when it comes to keeping your weight down, but people don't often think of sleep as a factor. Make sure you stay on a regular sleep schedule to avoid bad eating habits. When you are tired you're more likely to eat food expecting it to wake you up, but it's really only adding calories to your daily diet. Lack of sleep causes your hormones to go out of whack, which will make you hungry and also cause you to feel fatigued.
It can be tough to fit in 8 hours of sleep a day, but don't be afraid to take a few 15 minute power naps here and there. Just remember 8 hours of sleep a day keeps the love handles away.

15. So You Don't Crash Your Car

Have you ever driven your car while you are really tired and noticed yourself swerving? Have you ever fallen asleep while driving? These things happen all the time if you don't sleep enough. Sleep deprivation is one of the leading causes of automobile accidents on the planet. Lack of sleep effects your alertness which makes it harder for you to react to certain situations on the road. If you feel too tired to drive, take the bus because if that crashes at least it won't be your fault.

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