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Whether it’s hanging out with friends or studying for tests, sacrificing a couple hours of sleep isn’t such a bad thing…until it becomes habit.
Sticking to a schedule that encourages staying up past the recommended time (midnight) is negatively affecting not just your life, but mine as well.
Once again, my writing revolves entirely around honesty and as a night owl whose mostly proactive at night, it’s a change we both need to make.
So without further ado, let’s both of us learn the truth about these habits:
You’re Missing The First Third Of The Night
Better known as Slow-Wave Sleep (SWS), the time between 12AM and 3AM is the deepest and most restorative part of our sleep.
According to Dr. Simon Kyle, “it’s during this time that we experience low levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as increased parasympathetic nervous system activity, which is associated with digestion“. Very important!
Furthermore, “SWS is associated with memory consolidation, our learning ability and our overall alertness the next day”, continues Dr. Kyle.
In other words, if any plans you have tomorrow require you to use your brain and/or you hate feeling sluggish, then you CANNOT be awake during this time.
You’re Affecting The Established Order
Also known as a Circadian Clock, our biological clock is an internal system that cycles with a stable phase and is synchronized with solar time.
Or if you want a less boring definition, it’s a 24 hour clock that our body consistently follows in order to function most effectively.
According to Eleanor Imster, “our clocks influence alertness, hunger, metabolism, mood, hormone release, body temperature etc.”
As a result, clock dysfunction or not sleeping when you should, “has been associated with obesity, bipolar disorder, diabetes and depression,” continues Eleanor.
The Circadian Clock also tells us the best time to workout and when we’re most alert…
…to be continued: “Listening To The Clocks In Our Bodies”, Friday 11PM.
You’re Stopping Yourself From Taking The Extra Step
Apart from the symptoms you’re most familiar with such dizziness, mood swings, depression and even illness, staying up late is holding you back.
Even if you’ve slept a solid 9 hours, you’ll notice that this lifestyle isn’t convenient.
The reason being, the world doesn’t revolve around us. Everyone else wakes up early and makes plan accordingly while ours has just started.
Furthermore, it puts our dreams on hold. Success and happiness is a combination of making tough decisions and sacrifices…why make them harder?
In the great words of Yoda, staying up late is the path to Dark Side!
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- Hames, Peter. “You Get Better Sleep before Midnight… Sleep Fact or Sleep Fiction?” Sleepio Blog, 2014, http://www.sleepio.com/blog/2014/04/22/sleep-fact-or-sleep-fiction/.
- Imster, Eleanor. “Cool Facts about Your Biological Clock.” EarthSky, 2014, earthsky.org/human-world/cool-facts-about-your-biological-clock.
- Livingly Staffon document.write(LocalTime.getMDY(‘September 16, 2015 14:28’));2015-09-16 14:28:28. “6 Reasons Why Staying Up Late Can Be Toxic for Your Health.” Livingly, 2015, http://www.livingly.com/Get+Healthy/articles/wrbn81s1S7d/6+Reasons+Staying+Up+Late+Can+Toxic+Health.