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What would happen if you stopped sleeping?

The importance of a good night’s sleep should never be underestimated. The old adage of an hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two after, while scorned by some, rings true for others. When the body has had a full, unbroken night’s rest the mind is alert and fresh and can cope much better with the stresses and rigors of the day. Without such rest, the functionality of the mind and body can become dangerously impaired.

How much sleep is necessary?

For an adult, guidelines suggest that anything between seven and nine hours is a sufficient amount of sleep for optimum health. Older people may need as little as six hours per night. For small babies and toddlers it is recommended they sleep between ten and twenty hours since they are developing. Since teenagers are also still growing, they  need around ten hours of sleep per night.

Why do people need to sleep?

During the night the body uses the sleeping period to rest and repair itself. In children and teenagers, growth hormones are released that aid the body as it matures and develops. Children and young adults who are sleep deprived or suffer from insomnia can sometimes have stunted growth due to the inability of growth hormones to be properly released and utilised by their developing frames.

In both adults and children the immune system releases an important mix of chemicals during night-time rest that helps the body heal and, particularly in cases of illness or stress, fight off infection.

What happens if people stop sleeping?

If a good night’s sleep on a well-sprung mattress such as a single mattress can be achieved, the body can cope with whatever life throws at it. However, if the body and mind are fatigued because of lack of sleep, it becomes hard to concentrate and focus on whatever needs to be done in life.

There might be an excess of adrenaline in the system, which increases the chances of becoming irritable. The longer the body goes without sleep, the harder it becomes to achieve a decent night’s rest. It’s very possible that regular headaches may occur as well as an increase in restlessness and anxiety. In extreme cases, it’s possible to hallucinate and become unstable because it’s no longer possible to always think clearly. Once the body is in a state that can’t maintain a regular sleep pattern it can sometimes prove tricky to correct.

Physically it can prove very demanding to carry out daily routines and work whilst in a state of sleep deprivation. Driving or operating machinery could be considered very hazardous and shouldn’t be attempted on very little or no sleep. Concentration can be impaired and the temptation is to turn to stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine or energy drinks to avoid hazardous slumps during the day.

It only takes a relatively short space of time for sleep deprivation to become serious; in fact it can be as little as three or four days. Looking after the mind and resting the body is key to overall health. Don’t let something like sleep deprivation become a major health concern.

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 Article contributed by Sophie, Psychology graduate UK. Interested in fashion, beauty and health.

 

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Improve your beauty routine with vitamins

Mama always said that you should take your vitamins daily, and now doctors and nutritionists are stating this fact more and more every day. There are a couple reasons why it’s important to pop a multi vitamin every morning. First and foremost, they’re good for your health. Second they help keep your body stronger. Taking your vitamins daily also has great benefits for your skin, hair, and nails.

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Folic Acid

Folic acid is one of the key vitamins that helps to keep your hair shiny and thick.

• It prevents greys from appearing so that you look younger and so that you can refrain from dying your gorgeous locks for a little longer (unless you feel like it that is).

• Finally, folic acid lends a lot of moisture to your hair so that it’s less likely to break. After all, who wants dry and damaged looking hair?

Vitamin B Complex

There are many different types of vitamin B, including B6, B1, B12 and Biotin. Taking vitamin B complex is like taking every one of them as well as folic acid all at once.

• It helps to prevent wrinkles and more importantly skin cancer by fighting free radicals.

• It also promotes cell reproduction so that your skin looks and feels healthier.

• Should you ever suffer from the effects of getting a nail fungus, vitamin B complex helps to speed up the healing process.

• Not only does it make your locks appear to be shinier but it slows down the greying so that you look younger while saving money.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is infamous for being good for your skin. But did you know that it’s also good for your hair and nails?

• Helps to repair severely dry skin so that you always feel smooth.

• Helps to soothe sun damaged skin and prevents skin cancer.

• Contains antioxidants that help it fight free radicals so that you see fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

• Promotes the growth of soft hair while reducing frizz, breakage, split ends and hair loss.

• It helps you grow stronger, longer nails.

Vitamin C

Often times vitamin C brings on thoughts of drinking orange juice in order to fight a cold. However, this super vitamin can do a whole lot more than that.

• Great for repairing sun damaged skin.

• Improves the tone and texture of your skin by making it firmer so that you have fewer wrinkles.

• Packed with collagen building antioxidants which improves your skin, hair and nails.

• Fights free radicals that cause premature aging and hair loss.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is often times forgotten, but is just as important as the other vitamins on this list.

• It helps to reduce dark under eye circles which is great if you’re up with the baby all night or if you’re a party animal.

• It helps to reduce the appearance of bruises on the skin so that you can keep going to those kickboxing classes that you love.

• Fight free radicals for more youthful looking skin.

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No matter how carefully you monitor your diet, there’s really no way that you can take in the proper amount of vitamins that your body needs simply by eating nutritious foods. So head on out to your favorite pharmacy and load up on some multivitamins so that you always look your best.

This post was written by Aleya who is the owner of Spontaneous Chick where you can find beauty product reviews, health tips, decor ideas and fashion tips for women.