We all know that we are a little ‘off’ when we are tired. We experience more irritability, an increase in emotional reactivity and a decrease in motivation.
For me, I’ve found that a lack of sleep can worsen my ADHD symptoms, increase the intensity of my anxiety and depression and just generally not helped me live my best life.
But outside my personal experience, there are a 1001 sleep studies that show sleep loss can affect your personality.
As we share our understanding of the science and how a lack of sleep can be damaging, we hope to help develop your understanding of LiveLight’s mission and why it’s so important. Not to mention the reason’s why we are driven to bringing better sleep into your life and why we want you to be involved in the development of our products.
Sleep and emotions
In one study, those that suffer from sleep loss also experienced greater stress and anger than those who were well rested when asked to complete a simple cognitive test. So when ever you are doing something that involves thinking, memory, language, judgment, and the ability to learn new things – you need to have slept well in order to handle it with a calm and levelled approach.
This can amplify everything from stress at work, to disagreements with love ones all the way to your sense of self. If you are constantly tired and experiencing the negative emotions, this can affect your brain chemistry on a long term basis.
Outside of science, not being able to regulate your emotions and frequently being reactive can impact your relationships with other people, and leave you feeling disconnected.
If simply sleep better could help you feel calmer, more in control and generally happier – why wouldn’t you?
No honestly if you have some reasons let us know, we would love to discuss it further!
Sleep and learning
Another area of the brain that suffers dramatically from sleep deprivation is the hippocampus . This is a region critical for the storing of new memories. When people are deprived of sleep for even one night, their ability to memorise new information drops significantly. This was shown in one study to be due to an impairment in the hippocampus caused by sleep deprivation. When memorising a set of pictures, sleep deprived participants showed less activation in the hippocampus compared to rested participants. This deficit in the hippocampus could be caused by sleep deprivation reducing its ability to write in new information.
Basically – if you want to :
- Be showing up for your best self,
- Work on your wellbeing and self care
- Be successful in work and interpersonal relationships
- Give yourself a solid foundation for emotional stability
- Improve your memory
- Efficiently learn something
- Not be tired…
Care about your sleep more….
We need to rediscover the value of sleep and appreciate the benefits it brings to our brains. Time spent sleeping is an essential investment towards being smarter, making better decisions, and leading a happier life. So get snoozing.