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This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Don’t Have Enough Sleep

This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Don’t Have Enough Sleep

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    Do not underestimate the importance of sleep for a healthy lifestyle. Sleeping allows the human body a chance to hit the ‘reset’ button. It marks the optimal time for repair– both internal and external– because the mind and body are at rest. However, even though it’s resting the work never stops. In fact, it launches into overdrive. Sleep makes for healthier people who look and feel better, and believe it or not, getting the extra 2 hours of sleep can make a huge difference.

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    There are consequences of not getting enough sleep

    Negative consequences associated with lack of sleep include memory problems, moodiness, high blood pressure, weakened immune response, and weight gain. Additionally, it has been linked to decreased sex drive. Most shocking is the correlation between poor sleep and death. The Whitehall II Study, conducted by British researchers, examined how sleep patterns affect the mortality of over 10,000 British civil servants. Analyzed over the course of two decades, the study demonstrated that those who cut their sleep to five or fewer hours a night nearly doubled their risk of death from all causes, especially cardiovascular disease.

    Low sleep causes irritability

    Irritability is something that may occur when a person does not receive the appropriate amount of sleep that he or she needs. Irritability occurs because of a shift in hormones. The sleep deprived person may explode and yell easily without knowing why such a reaction is manifesting. The irritable person may be quite irrational, as well. Lack of sleep tends to throw people off in several areas of importance.

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    You experience long-lasting fatigue

    It’s not a surprise that a lack of sleep causes one to be tired, but many people do not realize that a lack of sleep causes long-lasting fatigue. Often times, it takes a person several days to recover from a lack of sleep that occurred several days previously. The long-lasting fatigue may occur because of a condition that comes from extended sleep loss. Statistics show that a lack of sleep can contribute to the development of a condition such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

    Not enough sleep causes weight gain

    Since a direct link exists between sleep deprivation and weight gain, it is imperative to recognize the importance of 6 to 8 hours of quality sleep for weight loss. Sleeping adequately proves just as important as hitting the gym and eating sufficient fruits and vegetables.

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    Fusing the positive aspects of protein and sleep proves helpful with shedding unwanted pounds. According to ‘The American Journal for Clinical Nutrition’ casein protein can assist with weight loss. Two diets were compared: one with 10% of energy intake from casein protein and the other with 25% of energy intake from casein protein. “The 25 percent casein diet showed an increase in energy expenditure and satiety…researchers concluded that an increased casein intake could be beneficial in managing weight and improving body composition.”

    Consider adding casein protein powder to a smoothie or some hot tea before bed. Because this particular type of protein can take up to seven hours to digest [as opposed to the typical protein sources associated with speedy post-workout muscle replenishment], it is ideal for nighttime consumption so your body can reap the benefits while you sleep. Casein protein powder enables better recovery during slumber by stimulating the use of body fat and minimizing amino acid waste. Think bigger and leaner.

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    To Sum Up: Don’t skimp on sleep

    Never skimp on sleep. It’s long term negative effects far outweigh any reason for why you’re currently shortening your sleep cycle. Not only will getting that extra 2 hours of sleep each night increase you overall health, you will are sure to see a drastic change in your overall happiness. Optimal fat burning and time to recharge and repair are only two of the numerous benefits associated with a good night’s sleep. Your body will thank you.

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    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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