You know that exercise is good for you. And you’re well aware that a proper diet works wonders. You won’t deny that doing a good job at work feels great. And that quality time with your family makes you happy. There’s no doubting it. And yet, there’s that itch you want to scratch but can’t quite find. That something that prevents you from being the person you want to be. Finding time and energy, feeling alert and energized, is proving increasingly hard. Here’s an eyeopener – Your untapped potential resides in the sleep you’re not getting. Sleep deprivation is a killer. Making everything else a priority over sleep is what keeps you from being great. A little more sleep might be just what you need.

Not convinced yet? Here are some straightforward effects that sleep deprivation can have on other parts of your life:

Sleep deprivation will have a negative effect on your exercise results

Studies show that people who suffer from sleep deprivation have a shorter lead time to exhaustion than those who stay on top of their sleep schedule. If you don’t get enough sleep, your endurance will take a hit and you’ll get tired faster as you exercise. But if you start clocking in more sleep, your exercise will benefit and you’ll be able to put in that extra effort.

Open up greater career opportunities

Poor sleep is known to decrease productivity and creativity, and it has a bad influence on your social skills as well. If you don’t get enough sleep, your time at work becomes an uphill struggle in results and relations, limiting your possibilities to reach your goals. Even if you’re not on the hunt for a career, just getting enough sleep to stay nice is as good a reason as any.

Sleep deprivation affects the whole family

A good or even just okay amount of sleep leads to better memory and decision making, while sleep deprivation increases the risk of suffering from mood swings, forgetfulness, depression, and anxiety. We don’t need to tell you how this can impact your family life, cause you already know.

Diets are easier to stick to 

Daytime drowsiness lowers energy levels and makes it difficult to stick to diet plans. Hence, when you’re tired, you’re more likely to reach for that quick chocolate bar, instead of a nutritious meal.

Keep calm, a little more sleep is all you need. Here’s the sign you didn’t know you were looking for. And now is the time to make a change.

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