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33 Alarming Side-Effects of Sleep Deprivation

I’m sure at some point in our lives, we’ve all heard about the importance of sleep. When we are young we have a bed time, we have elementary school nap time, and some employment offices even have nap rooms. Getting a good night’s rest is often stressed, but I’m willing to bet that many people barely make their mark, myself included. I don’t want to preach because I know how difficult it is to have a regular sleep schedule that consists of enough hours of sleep each night. I do believe, however, that it is important to know the facts and educate ourselves in all areas of our health so we can work toward improving the quality of our life. In order to do this, we have to understand what sleep deprivation does to our bodies.

With that being said, some of these facts you may already know, and some may surprise you, but read on for the long and short term effects of a lack of sleep and sleep deprivation.

Short Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation

  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Diminished alertness and ability to perform mentally
  • Muscle weakness and reduction in physical performance
  • Memory problems and reduced ability to think and/or process information
  • Irritability/moodiness
  • Headaches
  • Increased appetite (especially for sugar and other carbohydrates)
  • Pale skin
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Prominent dark circles under the eyes
  • Impaired circulatory system
  • Lessened Muscle Tone
  • Less overall Physical Attractiveness

Long Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Weakened immune system
  • High blood pressure
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Depression/mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Lowered white blood cell count
  • Increased risk for diabetes
  • Hallucinations
  • Mental impairment
  • Reduced growth hormone levels
  • Slowed rate of body’s ability to heal itself (more cuts & bruises)
  • Relationship problems
  • Reduced quality of life overall
  • Increased likelihood of accidents and/or physical injury
  • Death

There you have it. The list is quite alarming, but hopefully, it highlights the importance of getting enough sleep. While pulling one or two all-nighters on occasion may not be the worst thing in the world, the point is that a good night’s sleep should be a regular part of your healthy lifestyle because constant sleep deprivation is where the damage is done. So, for your own sake, make rest a priority.

– Letisha


Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/important-sleep-habits
http://www.ehow.com/facts_4852933_side-effects-sleep-deprivation.html
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1690
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-results-sleep-loss

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