These are the 10 dangerous side effects of sleep deprivation! Must Read!
It’s a trend these days that most people, particularly college students and call center agents, brag to other students or co-workers that they are sleeping less than the required amount of eight hours every night
Little did they know that although espresso shots and four cans of energy drink might benefit them in doing their work at 4 in the morning with 2 hours of sleep, in the long term run, their body will eventually suffer.
The body requires seven to eight hours of sleep in order to rest properly and make it function on the next day.
Lack of sleep might affect your memory, health, looks, and even your sex life and your goal of losing weight!
Here are the ten dangerous side effects of not having a proper sleep:
Sleep deprivation can cause major and minor accidents. Yes! All because of being sleep deprived!
Did you know that sleep deprivation was a factor in some of the biggest disasters in recent history such as the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, and others.
Drowsiness can reduce reaction time as much as driving drunk. Studies show that lack of sleep and poor-quality sleep can lead to accidents and injuries on the job. In one study, workers who have daytime sleepiness had significantly more work accidents. They also had more sick days per accident.
If you are aiming for higher grades then get a lot of sleep because sleep deprivation makes you dumber.
Sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways such as it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently.
Your whole ability to think clearly is affected when you haven’t slept well. You’ll have trouble retaining memories, processing information and making decisions.
Additionally, your emotions will be heightened, rendering you less able to handle adverse situations. This makes it extra important to get a good sleep the night before important work events!
Sleep deprivation can cause several health problems such as heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes.
These are just some of the numerous diseases of a sleep deprived person can get if they continue damaging their body by not getting enough of the required daily sleep.
According to some estimates, about 90% of people with insomnia — a sleep disorder characterized by trouble falling and staying asleep — also have another health condition.
It is when you sleep your body is able to recuperate, and it is during sleep that your immune system produces protective substances like cytokines.
These substances fight off foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. They also help you to sleep, thereby giving your immune system more time and energy to fight off illness.
If you are sleep-deprived, you’ll find yourself getting sick more often, and taking longer to recover.
Sleep deprivation can kill sex drive for both men and women.
Sleep specialists say that sleep-deprived men and women report lower libidos. Depleted energy and sleepiness may be largely to blame. Both men and women who don’t get enough sleep often report less interest in sex.
This could be due to a depletion of energy, general sleepiness, and increased tension, as well as reduced secretion of testosterone during the night.
Sleep deprivation can cause clinical depression. Over time, lack of sleep and sleep disorders can contribute to the symptoms of depression.
In a 2005 Sleep in America poll, people who were diagnosed with depression or anxiety were more likely to sleep less than six hours at night. People with depression were more likely to sleep less than six hours each night. In a 2007 study of 10,000 people, those with insomnia were five times as likely to develop depression as those without.
Insomnia is often one of the first signs of depression. So to counter this problem, just try to have the required amount of sleep every day!
Sleep deprivation makes you look older.
Most people have experienced sallow skin and puffy eyes after a few nights of missed sleep. But it turns out that chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes.
“It’s during deep sleep — what we call slow-wave sleep — that growth hormone is released,” says sleep expert Phil Gehrman, Ph.D. “It seems to be part of normal tissue repair — patching the wear and tear of the day.”
When one lacks enough sleep, he or she has greater tendency of having memory loss.
Way back in 2009, a group of researches, American and French combined, determined that brain events called “sharp wave ripples” are responsible for consolidating memory.
The ripples then transfer learned information from the hippocampus to the neocortex of the brain, where long-term memories are stored. Sharp wave ripples occur mostly during the deepest levels of sleep.
Dreaming of that Kate Upton or Chris Pratt body? Then better have a good eight-hour sleep or you’ll have a higher tendency to gain weight.
When it comes to body weight, it may be that if you snooze, you lose. Lack of sleep seems to be related to an increase in hunger and appetite, and possibly to obesity.
According to a 2004 study, people who sleep less than six hours a day were almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours.
Sleep-deprived people seem to be having a misconception or wrong judgment when it comes to assessing what lack of sleep is doing to them.
In our increasingly fast-paced world, functioning despite having less sleep has become some kind of badge of honor. But sleep specialists say if you think you’re doing fine on less sleep, you’re probably wrong.
Not to mention if you work in a profession where it’s important to be able to judge your level of functioning, this can be a big problem.
In a research conducted entitled “Whitehall II Study,” British researchers looked at how sleep patterns affected the mortality of more than 10,000 British civil servants over two decades.
The results, published in 2007, showed that those who had cut their sleep from seven to five hours or fewer a night nearly doubled their risk of death from all causes.
In particular, lack of sleep doubled the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. So now, it’s up to you to choose. Close your eyes and sleep for 8 hours, or close your eyes permanently.
Are you now convinced to get some nice sleep? Time to drink that warm milk and put your sleep mask!