Most people think ditching sleep isn’t that bad.
A couple of hours sleep a night? What’s the downside? Yeah, you may feel a little groggy and you have problems focusing on things. So what? Just have a cup of coffee and sleep a little in the afternoon. No worries. What’s the worst thing that could happen?
I’m going to let you in on a secret:
The truth is, sleep deprivation is not only dangerous. It can be potentially lethal.
Here’s what I mean.
I once heard a story about a man who had trouble falling asleep.
In fact, he napped at night. 2-3 hours of sleep maximum. A lot of nights he actually only slept for one hour or so .
That’s all he could manage. His body simply wouldn’t allow him to get more sleep. No matter how hard he tried. He had no trouble falling asleep in his earlier years. But as he aged, he found it more and more difficult to enter dreamland.
Of course that made him very discombobulated and he lost focus as well. Mundane tasks that most people didn’t have a problem doing could be quite a challenge.
And they could turn out dangerous as well.
One day as he was cooking at his stove a nasty thing happened.
The griddle on his stove had been heated up to max capacity. The water in the cauldron was boiling.
He was holding a spoon full of water in his left hand, and a bowl of batter in his right hand.
All of a sudden his legs crumbled and he lost his balance. It was strange. Almost like if he gave away his legs to another human being. Or let another person dictate how he should use his legs.
He wanted to stand up, but he couldn’t. There was just no strength anymore in his legs.
In order to not make a mess on the floor he kept both the spoon and the bowl in his hands.
And barely managed to hold the right side of his baby finger in his right hand on top of the heated griddle for support.
He scorched his finger for 4-5 seconds before he managed to stand upright again.
Needless to say, he suffered from severe burning damage to his finger. I don’t know exactly whether it was a second or third degree burning, but it was quite likely very bad. Imagine having to expose your skin to a red hot glowing piece of metal for several seconds.
You probably can imagine yourself what would have happened if he were out driving in traffic and his legs would have stopped working.
A scorched side of his baby finger would have been like a heavenly spa massage combined to the potential outcome of a traffic accident.
Which brings me to the point.
Poor sleep quality can be due to low melatonin levels in your body. When your body produces less melatonin you get more anxious and you sleep worse. It’s almost like the two go hand in hand.
Of course if you have a habit of drinking caffeine rich beverages or snacking on sugary stuff late in the evening, you’re not exactly helping out your body. Nor is it beneficial to scroll on your phone close to sleeping hours.
However, if you’ve ditched the caffeine and the sugar and you put away your phone and you still can’t sleep well, you may benefit from taking a melatonin supplement.