Is there really anything more beautiful in this life than getting a good night's sleep? Other than these sexy women, we tend to think not. Problem is, between work, school, social gatherings, and the ability to Netflix binge, who has time for sleep? Staying up late has become pretty engrained in the culture and unfortunately, it's most likely going to kill us all.
Erm, OK, that was a little dramatic. it won't necessarily kill anyone, but staying up late has a ton of harmful effects that can simply be avoided by getting some shut eye earlier in the evening. Don't believe us? The proof is in the pudding, friends.
High Blood Sugar
A 2015 study showed that people who identified themselves as "evening types" were significantly more likely to have conditions linked with high blood sugar (which can be linked with a variety of other health problems) than those who identified as "morning types."
Poor Eating Habits/Weight Gain
A 2013 study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine followed a control group of 27 participants who went to bed at 10 PM and another group of 198 who went to bed at 4 AM. They found that the sleep-restricted subjects consumed about 550 calories—a good portion of which came from fat—after their well-rested counterparts had gone to sleep. After five consecutive nights of limited rest, participants in the second group had gained an average of more than two pounds.
Sleep experts discovered a harmful pattern called "social jet lag" whereupon people who maintain regular sleep schedules during the week but then turn into late-night party animals on the weekend are putting themselves at risk. Researchers found the pattern is linked with heart disease, depression and a number other critical health problems problems. The researchers evaluated nearly 1,000 adults, ages 22 to 60, asking about their sleep duration and sleep quality on weekdays and weekends. They also asked about any insomnia and about their general health. With every one hour that sleep is shifted, the researchers found, you are about 11 percent more likely to have heart disease, as diagnosed by a doctor.
More Susceptible To Illness
According to Mayo Clinic lack of sleep can affect your immune system. Studies show that people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.
In a study found in Men's Health researchers surveyed nearly 500 people suffering from diabetes in Chicago and Thailand. They included two different geographic areas in the study because sleep cycles vary by location. In both groups, "night owls" (or people who preferred to stay up late) reported experiencing more symptoms of depression than those who fell asleep earlier — regardless of their age, sex, or sleep quality.
See what we're saying? Those are some pretty serious side effects! Forget medicine, or yoga, or eating kale. Just go to sleep earlier and you'll be in tip top shape in no time! We know it's annoying y'all, but health and fitness is important, especially the older you get. Take care of yourself, you hear?
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