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Regardless of our life stage, we all must sleep eight hours off when the night comes. Otherwise, we won’t feel good the next day. Why should we stop romanticizing insomnia, and how does it ruin our well-being?

Sleep is an absolute priority. It’s the only way for our bodies to recover from all the walking and talking we did throughout the day. Many people do not realize the significance of a healthy sleeping pattern and how it can benefit us. Without proper sleep, it can affect everything we do, including our critical bodily functions. This might influence popular media like movies, television series, and books like ‘Insomnia’ by Jack Hawn. Either way, romanticizing insomnia is a societal issue.

Pulling an all-nighter was cool at some point, specifically back in high school and college. Because of the mounting deadlines looming over us, we want to be efficient and use all our time. That is why we don’t sleep to get more work done. And this habit isn’t just rampant among young students. Even in the workforce, adults tend to retain this mindset that working overnight without pay, and worse, beyond the mandated work hours.

Your physical and mental health is affected every time you lack sleep. And you should never think that getting a shuteye wastes time. Here are the following reasons why everyone should stop romanticizing insomnia:

Late nights are not suitable for the brain.

Studying your textbooks and reports may benefit you since it lets you learn more and prepare for future tests. However, doing it extensively at night won’t give us the desired result. Lack of sleep causes us to mentally deteriorate and develop short-term memory loss in the long run. However, if we put our foot down and rest, we expect better performance at school or work.

Sleeping is meant to restore the energy expended by our bodies during the day. When we regenerate at the perfect time, not only do we feel rejuvenated. Our stress levels become more manageable, and it will positively impact our performances.

Cramming the night before any major test or meeting won’t work in our favor. We wouldn’t have messed up our sleeping patterns if we had known this earlier as adults. But there’s no use in wallowing over what has passed in our lives. What matters is it’s not too late to turn things around for the better. Our body clocks must be regulated to avoid depriving ourselves of the healthy life we deserve.

Lack of sleep ruins productivity at work.

You might have looked up the number of hours a working adult needs. No matter what information you come across, the fact remains that romanticizing insomnia can make employees struggle with concentrating on their tasks. They will need help retaining information. Learning and communicating effectively won’t be easy either.

Adulthood makes you realize that romanticizing insomnia isn’t cool anymore. We were all pressured to perform at our best without considering our well-being. Better sleep quality should be implemented, adjusting the hours that young people function daily. Educating proper sleep, including the workforce, will significantly improve their performance and learning capacity.

Everyone at work can be more productive and perform at their peak if they sleep correctly. Employers must eliminate this toxic mentality that the more one works, the better the productivity. Contrary to what society teaches us, sleep enhances our brain functions, making us more alert, creative, and efficient. Companies need to learn more about the benefits of getting enough sleep, especially taking a nap during work hours. In that case, there should be dedicated time to cascade naturally in their work routine.

How can we change this long-time pattern?

Isn’t it ironic that sleeping, something we hated the most when we were kids, is one we crave the most as we get older? Aside from that, we, as a collective, have also to unlearn the intrinsic culture of romanticizing insomnia or glorifying bad habits like sleep deprivation. It’s okay to let go of the belief that we can accomplish more if we don’t sleep enough.

Changing things like lack of sleep won’t be easy since routines have been an integral and universal part of life. And these adjustments will be tricky for those struggling with sleep disorders, adults with significant responsibilities, etc. Even so, the first thing we need to do is recognize the problem and acknowledge the fact that it has to be addressed.

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