It is scientifically proven that students who sleep late get worse school outcomes than those who sleep 8 hours a night. Same applies for adults who go to work. A sleepless night affects your ability to focus and besides, it put you at the risk of other problems than not fulfilling your study or your work tasks.
Effects of long-term lack of sleep
Most often, the effects of sleep lacking are immediate and obvious: malaise, irritability, sensitivity to noise, low ability to focus.
But the lack of a regular sleep schedule has long-term effects that are more serious:
- digestive problems
- weakened immune system
- the risk of Diabetes
- lapses of memory
How sleep lacking affects school or work results
The fact that you do not get enough sleep directly affects school or work results. Surely you’ve already noticed that on the mornings of the nights when you slept little or not at all, you feel lethargic, you can not focus in class or at work, and you don’t feel apt for any physical activity.
What exactly happens is that lack of sleep directly affects the way our brain works.
No sleep or sleeping less than the recommended 8 hours a night will make you suffer from the following effects:
Significantly diminished memory
The brain needs time to store the new information that was recorded during the day. The best time to do this is during the night sleep.
If your intention was to learn before bed or to work on a project for your job, but afterward you didn’t sleep or didn’t have enough sleep that night, will not be surprising to forget almost everything you’ve learned, the next morning.
Lack of sleep causes both digestive problems and headaches, dizziness, muscles aches, and low reflexes.
Sleeping less, you’re only forcing your body to function with the same resources as in the previous day, so insufficient resources.
Low ability to focus
Lack of sleep causes a drastic decrease in focus ability. Thus, you can not pay attention in class or at work and you’re day is lost.
Long recovery time.
Lack of sleep it makes your body function on ‘battery saving’ mode. Just because you lose one night does not mean that you can easily recover the next day. The body needs time to recover.
Lack of appetite
As I said earlier, lack of sleep causes digestive problems and nausea. Thus, appetite is diminished, which amplify malaise and increases the body’s recovery needed time.
Trick the way how a sleepless night affects your ability to focus
Although it is not recommended, it is almost inevitable that, from time to time to have a sleepless night, either because of a deadline at work, an exam or because you partied until the morning.
If next day you have to go to work, you can effectively carry out activities without being interrupted by yawning by appealing to a few tricks.
Natural light helps your body clock to restart and helps you to function better during the day. Even the low light of a cloudy day awakens you better than the bulb in the room, according to Dr. Joyce Walsleben.
The morning sun is the best for you to freshen up and to start your day in force.
For an immediate ‘wake up call’, walk to your job place, to assimilate as much of the morning light as you can and to breath the fresh air of the morning.
Cereals, milk, and banana
Eat cereals with milk, and one banana to get the proper energy that lasts longer. This breakfast gives you protein and carbohydrate that come from whole grains.
Drink coffee slowly. Do not rush it.
It should be poured into a thermos and sipped slowly on your way to work or to school, to take the most out of coffee and to last you longer.
Those who consumed only 50 ml of coffee per hour have the same pulse energy as those who consumed 50 ml of coffee in 5 minutes.
The lack of sleep can cause a mild form of dehydration, and this is manifested in the form of fatigue. So, drink water and you will not feel so sleepy anymore. You must drink enough, even if you’re not thirsty. A little trick to get rid of the fatigue is to drink cold water, even ice cold water
A sleepless night is not good for your health, but if couldn’t be avoided, how a sleepless night affects your ability to focus can be passed by using the tricks from above.