Have you been neglecting one of the most important aspects of your physical well-being? Have you ever experienced the effects of sleep deprivation the next day but dismissed them as unimportant? Are you ignorant despite knowing the long-term consequences of sleeping less?
If you’ve been doing so, it’s past time to stop playing with your health. ‘Health is Wealth,’ and nothing will sustain you if you are unable to handle and properly care for your most prized possession, namely, your health.
Lack of sleep affects not only your mental fitness but also your physical well-being. It endangers your personality in a variety of indirect ways. Let us see where a lack of sleep takes us.
What Are the Consequences of Sleep Deprivation?
Do you get less than 6-7 hours of sleep per day? Continue reading to learn about the consequences of not getting enough sleep.
- Memory loss: Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on both short and long-term memory.
- Negative effect on brain functioning capacity: When you don’t get enough sleep, your concentration span, creativity skills, and problem-solving capacity suffer.
- Mood swings: Sleep deprivation causes erratic mood swings, anxiety, and, in severe cases, depression.
- Accidents and mishaps: One of the most serious consequences of sleep deprivation is an increased risk of car accidents and other mishaps or injuries during the day.
Reduced immunity: When you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system’s defense mechanism against foreign bodies weakens.
Increases the risk of high blood pressure: Sleeping for less than 5 hours per day increases the risk of high blood pressure. Because the body’s ability to release insulin, a blood sugar-lowering hormone, is reduced, people who do not get enough sleep frequently have high blood sugar levels and are more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes.
Weight gain occurs when the chemicals that send signals to your brain that your stomach is full are caught off guard and fail to function properly. As a result, you tend to eat even when you are already full.
Kills sexual desire: Lack of sleep causes a drop in testosterone in men and a lower libido, which kills sex drive in couples.
Heart problems: Increased blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, and higher levels of chemicals associated with inflammation are all side effects of sleep deprivation that can lead to heart disease. Learn more about the various types of heart diseases.
What Factors Contribute to Sleep Deprivation?
Sometimes a lack of sleep is linked to a much deeper root cause that we may not recognize right away. If you notice a pattern in which you are unable to get enough hours in to compensate for lost sleep, it is critical to identify and address the factors that are preventing you from living a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of the most common causes of sleep deprivation:
Short deadlines, night shifts Workplace Performance Pressure – We frequently over-promise and take on more responsibility at work than we know we are capable of handling at the time. While the consequences of overworking yourself may not be visible right away, they will have an impact on your mental, emotional, and physical health.
Chronic Mental Illnesses – Depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental illnesses are major factors influencing our sleeping patterns. Treating them on time is critical to our overall wellness because they can affect many aspects of our lives, including our sleep.
Hunger – Did you know that one of the leading causes of insomnia is hunger? Food is the fuel that our bodies require to function, and when we deny it to them, we are interfering with their natural needs. When we eat, our bodies secrete the hormone leptin, which signals that we are full and suppresses ghrelin, whereas when we do not eat, our bodies secrete ghrelin, which stimulates hunger and keeps us awake.
Constant Use of Electronic Devices – The internet is an addictive place because it draws us in and sometimes we can’t get out no matter how hard we try. Constantly using electronics before going to bed can disrupt our sleep schedule more than we realize.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation?
What are some of the obvious signs that you’re not getting enough sleep?
Overworking your body and depriving it of sleep for an extended period of time results in obvious signs of fatigue. They are as follows:
- Yawning all the time.
- Irritation at everything and anything.
- Experiencing fatigue during the day.
- Sleepiness that has accumulated excessively.
Caffeine consumption to avoid sleep only worsens the situation by making falling asleep more difficult. Regularly depriving yourself of sleep is like slowly poisoning your body.
How to Make Up for Lost Sleep
What steps could you take to organize your routine and ensure that you get enough sleep every night?
If not getting enough sleep is a habit that bothers you, you must find a way to make up for lost sleep in order to avoid fatigue, health problems, and other related issues.