6 Reasons Why Sleeping Late is Seriously Bad For Health

by Yuen Yi Ying
HEALTH  |  June 18, 2019
  • You’ve heard that sleeping late is bad for health. Here’s why.
    1 / 7 You’ve heard that sleeping late is bad for health. Here’s why.

    Don’t try to cheat on sleep, because it takes revenge. Specifically, it sneakily harms your health in a number of ways that you won’t even expect. Seriously, those extra TV hours are not worth it because here’s what it’ll cost you.

    (Also read: Most Singaporeans Are Not Sleeping Enough – Are You One of Them?)

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  • You’ll have poorer memory and learning
    2 / 7 You’ll have poorer memory and learning

    Don’t hold off preparing for that presentation or studying for a test. Not only will you feel sluggish the next day, your brain loses efficiency every hour, which makes it harder to learn and remember things. Furthermore, the info only goes into your short-term memory, so there’s no guarantee you’ll remember it all tomorrow.

    (Also read: 10 Ways Singaporeans Can Sleep Better)

     

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  • You’re more likely to die early
    3 / 7 You’re more likely to die early

    Try to go to bed early and rise with the sun. A study by Northwestern Medicine in the US and the University of Surrey in the UK revealed that late sleepers have a 10 per cent higher risk of dying early. As much as possible, the experts advise doing everything you need to earlier in the day and trying not to push back your bedtime to avoid making late nights a habit.

    (Also read: 6 Yoga Poses That’ll Help You Sleep Better Tonight)

     

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  • You’ll have a higher risk of stroke and heart attack
    4 / 7 You’ll have a higher risk of stroke and heart attack

    Your job may require you to work long hours, but manage the rest of your evening activities so they don’t eat into your sleep. According to a study by Warwick Medical School published in the European Heart Journal, getting less than six hours of sleep increases your risk of developing or dying from heart disease by a whopping 48 per cent. Your chances of getting and dying from stroke also goes up by a scary 15 per cent.

    (Also read: Doing These 5 Things Will Guarantee You Better Sleep)

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  • You may have a chronic sleep debt
    5 / 7 You may have a chronic sleep debt

    You can’t fully repay a sleep debt, so don’t keep adding to it. A report published by Harvard Health Publishing shared that lack of sleep can impair your immune system and contribute to health issues, and the worse thing is that it can even make you unaware of its impact even as your performance declines. So, no, you can’t function on just two hours of sleep. Get to bed at a sensible time.

    (Also read: 8 Ways Your Bedroom is Ruining Your Sleep)

     

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  • You’re more likely to gain weight
    6 / 7 You’re more likely to gain weight

    Keeping late hours makes you more prone to snacking, and late-night eating has been linked to greater weight gain. Sleepiness also messes with your hormones and makes you hungrier. Over time, the overeating may lead to obesity.

    (Also read: Lack of Sleep Could Be Making You Fat)

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  • You may get depression
    7 / 7 You may get depression

    There’s something about the night that brings out dark thoughts, and your preference for sleeping late could cause you to spiral into depression. This is particularly true if you have type 2 diabetes, shares research presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting. You could be more irritable as well, so if you don’t want to go around snapping at people all day, get some extra Zs.

    (Also read: How to Wake Up and Go to Sleep Happy Every Day)

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