This weekend, John and I were craving our bed like our hungry puppy Midas craves his dinner every night––it's like we don't feed him, even though we do twice a day. Last week was one of the busiest weeks we've had in a long time, at work and after work. Each day.
By Friday, we felt that weekend sense of freedom, though we really shouldn't have. The weekend was about to be just as busy as our week had been. On top of that, we were so ready to hang with our friends and be in that weekend state of mind that we stayed out with them until 3am on Friday night. Most Fridays, this would be fine, but Saturday we had to start our packed day at 6am. Everything we had planned for Saturday was fun. We just didn't prepare, as usual.
At the end of the day, I was done with my obligations and fell asleep at 9pm. John was out working on his brother's car until 1:30am––another late night for him. I had felt sick to my stomach and super parched all day Saturday from only three hours of sleep the night before, and John was practically running on a sleepless high that day, he said.
I woke up knowing I'd had enough sleep Sunday morning but still wanted to sleep all day. John woke up groggy but only got more energetic as the day went on. He literally said he couldn't believe how energetic he was after two nights of less-than-needed sleep. He's no short sleeper by any means, but he definitely doesn't require the eight hours I do to function.
People, sleep is basically a requirement for life. One biologist and human genetics professor told Business Insider, "Other than water and air, nothing is more important [than sleep]."
Emotional stability is immediately affected by a lack of sleep, and the Wall Street Journal reported that sleep deprived people have difficulty discerning and reading other people's facial expressions. The sleep deprived are less emotionally expressive and tend to overreact to small things. One study also found that being sleep deprived increases stress, anger and anxiety levels.
Besides that, there are so many effects of not getting enough sleep––from hypertension and weight gain to negative impacts on brain activity and memory. Though not everyone requires the same amount of sleep, we all need sleep. The CDC recommends adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, though about 30 percent of us sleep less than 6 hours a night.
I really try to get enough sleep, and, when I only got three hours on Friday night, I definitely felt it. Sure, John may not require as much sleep as I do, but he felt it, too. We all know that sleep is important. It's just making it a priority that matters.
Sleep well, health nuts. ;)