Sleep deprivation impairs a lot of the cognitive abilities of our daytime functioning: behavior, mood and personality, concentration, memory retention, energy levels, reasoning, decision-making and more…
Sleep helps our body recover and function properly not only physically but mentally as well. Per example, when you learn something like a physical skill or knowledge and go to sleep that night, your brain reboots. It puts that skill or information into your long-term memory and makes space for new information to be stored and learned in your short-term memory. It recovers from all damages of the day and creates new cells.
Your brain also rehearses those skills and whatever other types of information you gathered throughout the day during sleep. So the next morning when you perform that task again you will have a particular advantage at it without having had the need for physical or conscious mental practice. In other words, you only truly learn any information while you sleep.
That’s why you notice that people do better at things the day after their initial attempt and they do even better the day after and so on. If you’ve ever heard the term “practice makes perfect” then you might have a better idea of what I’m implying only the most accurate term would be “practice and sleep makes perfect”.
(That is how we learn how to be efficient at everything that we are already able to do in life, walking and talking, riding bicycles, studying a subject for an upcoming exam, how to interact with people, any task you can think of. It’s how we even learn how to be good at our jobs as adults.)
College students who stay up all night studying will not remember most of what they studied. folks who stay up all night may think they’re used to not sleeping enough meanwhile they make petty mistakes during work, they make the wrong decisions and forget things often (objects and information alike). They are the people who live on eight or nine cups of coffee a day and have had several car accidents in the past few years alone. They are often disgruntled and unhappy, stressed and tired 90% of the time. They develop bad eating habits and become overweight.
We know our brains repairs itself during sleep but so does the rest of the body. For athletes and weight lifters, it is the time when muscle fibers heal up from all of the stress they’ve been under during workouts sessions, cells repair themselves and muscle fibers not only heal, but also add an extra layer onto themselves.
That new mass occupies more space and causes their muscular appearance and heightened strength level which they need in order to proceed further with their training.
Finding the right balance in order to get work done and get enough sleep is important for everyone.
At least eight hours of sleep is recommended for adults and eight to twelve for children. Some people will need more sleep than others and the effects of sleep apnea may sometimes be prominent if someone awakens as early as half an hour prior to their scheduled waking time.
Erick Castelin Jr