In addition to causing you to feel sleepy and tired, lack of sleep due to staying up late can also affect emotional and psychological conditions. The habit of staying up late is also known to increase the risk of various diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
In addition to the things already mentioned above, there are still many bad effects of staying up late that are important to recognize, namely:
1. Weight gain
Various studies have shown that people who sleep less or stay up late can gain more weight, when compared to people who get enough sleep every day. This can make people who often stay up late more at risk of obesity.
There are several reasons why the effects of staying up late can increase weight. One of the reasons for this is the effect of staying up late which can disrupt the body’s metabolism. In addition, lack of sleep can also make the body become hungry faster, so that eating patterns are difficult to maintain.
Plus, if you often stay up late and have a habit of eating a lot when stressed (stress eating), this can make you gain weight even more. Therefore, if you want to lose weight, the habit of staying up late certainly needs to be reduced or even stopped.
2. premature aging
When you stay up late and sleep deprived, your body will produce more stress hormone (cortisol). This hormone can break down and damage the structure of collagen in the skin, the protein that functions to make skin firmer and more elastic.
As a result of staying up late, your skin and face will become more dull and dry. Damage to collagen in the face can also cause the appearance of lines or wrinkles on the face, black spots or spots on the face, and puffy eyes and dark circles appear around the eyes (panda eyes).
3. Easy to forget
When you sleep, the tissue and nerve cells in the brain will undergo a process of repair or regeneration. With the formation of healthy brain tissue, your brain function will always be maintained. Regeneration of brain tissue is also important for strengthening memory or memory, concentration, and thinking abilities.
Conversely, when you often stay up late, brain cells and tissue will be damaged more quickly and difficult to repair. This can interfere with brain function, so you will be more often sleepy, forgetful, and have difficulty concentrating.
4. Decreased brain function
The effect of staying up late can reduce the power of reason, problem solving ability, and concentration. The ability to pay attention to something and the level of alertness will also decrease. Difficulty focusing can also often cause accidents while driving or working.
5. Decreased sexual desire (libido)
Decreased libido is one of the effects of staying up late. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body can become tired, sleepy, lack energy, and get stressed more easily. This effect of staying up late can eventually make you less passionate about having sex.
6. Increased risk of mental disorders
Some research shows that people who often stay up late will be more prone to brain function disorders and also sleep disorders such as insomnia. In the long term, the effects of staying up late can increase the risk of mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety disorders.
This risk will also increase if you have unhealthy habits, such as frequent smoking, rarely exercising, often stressed, and not maintaining a healthy diet.
7. Increased risk of cancer
The effect of staying up late is also associated with an increased risk of a person getting cancer. Research shows that those who have a habit of sleep deprivation, or often work shifts at night, are more at risk of developing cancer when compared to people who get enough sleep every day.
It is not known for sure what the effect of staying up late on the appearance of cancer is, but it is thought to be related to stress and damage to body cells.
8. Decreased immune system
Various studies have shown that the habit of not getting enough sleep or staying up late, especially if you sleep less than 6 hours, can make your immune system weaken. This can make your body more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections, including the Corona virus that causes COVID-19.
After knowing that the effects of staying up late are not good for the body, now is the time for you to think again before deciding to stay up late. Try to meet the needs of sleep at least 7 hours every day.