WATCH: This Video Will Change The Way You Sleep
How well did you sleep last night? How well did you sleep last year? How well will you sleep tonight?
If, like most men, you're juggling a job, a social life, a family life (sometimes you can have both, unbelievably) and a handful of other responsibilities, clocking a full night's sleep can often seem more myth than reality.
And while a lack of shut eye may leave you feeling groggy, it's actually harming your health more than you think.
(Related: 4 ways to improve your sleep quality)
Last week, a viral video revealed exactly how a lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your body, detailsing the consequences of sleep deprivation.
"It is during deep sleep at night when a sewage system within the brain actually kicks into high gear and it starts to wash away this toxic protein, beta amyloid," explains Matthew Walker explains, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. “So, if you’re not getting enough sleep each and every night, more of that Alzheimer’s-related protein will build up."
(Related: This is what happens to your body when you lose sleep)
The news gets worse for you night owls.
"We know that men who are sleeping just five to six hours a night will have testosterone levels equivalent to someone 10 years their senior," says Walker. "A lack of sleep will age you by almost a decade in that aspect of virility and wellness."
With over 20 million Brits suffering from a lack of sleep — the worst of 14 countries monitored in a recent study — this is grave news indeed.
(Related: How sleeping a full night can bulletproof your body)
Thankfully, once the elusive task of sleeping a full eight hours (and with it, the temptation to switch off Netflix and close Instagram) is nailed, there are countless benefits. For example, if you're working to building your best-ever body (whether that's a resolution or otherwise), or training for, let's say, a certain marathon this April, over eight hours of kip can cull your injury risk.
A US study published by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention found that atheletes sleeping for less than eight hours a night were 70 per cent more likely to get injured during training.
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