Even if you maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine, don’t get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, even if you are sabotaging all your efforts. And we’re not overacting! Our health depends on sleep, but many of us don’t get enough of it.
Here are 10 surprising and serious effects of what lack of sleep can do to your body.
1. Health Problems
Sleep deprivation has serious effects on your physical health, with or without long-term consequences. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, or stroke are some of the most serious potential issues associated with prolonged sleep deprivation. Obesity, depression, weakened immune system response and decreased sex drive are additional issues linked.
2. Kills Sex Drive
If you do not pay proper attention to your sleep and do not give the required hours of sleep then your libido can also get affected. Sleep experts agree that sleep-deprived men and women report decreased libido and less enthusiasm for sex. Increased stress, fatigue and decreased energy can be major contributing factors.
3. Contributes to mental issues
Anecdotal evidence suggests that sleep deprivation over a period of time may exacerbate depressive symptoms. Insomnia, the most prevalent sleep problem, is most strongly associated with depression. Lack of sleep often makes depression symptoms worse, and depression itself can make it harder to fall asleep.
4. Leads to Weight Gain
If you sleep about your own body weight you may lose weight. Insufficient sleep appears to be associated with increased appetite and hunger, as well as obesity.
5. Affects Memory
Sleep deprivation can affect your ability to think, remember, and process information. Sleep is important for the brain’s self-organization, especially when it comes to transferring information from short-term memory to long-term memory. Getting enough sleep is essential for memory recall.
6. Your Skin Age
Most people have experienced swollen eyes and pale skin after a few nights without sleep. But it turns out that over time a lack of sleep can lead to fine wrinkles, dull skin, and dark spots under the eyes. The stress hormone cortisol is secreted more often by your body when there is a lack of sleep. Collagen, the protein that maintains skin’s elasticity and smoothness, can be broken down by too much cortisol.
7. Accident Causes
Inadequate sleep on the road every day is a major public safety hazard. Being sleepy can make driving more difficult than drunk. History is proof that some of the worst tragedies in recent times, including the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident, the giant Exxon Valdez oil spill, the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and others, are the result of sleep deprivation.
8. Defective brain function
We have all experienced mental fogginess, fatigue, irritability and lack of focus after just one restless night. When the brain is unable to rest properly for long periods of time, mental abilities can deteriorate significantly.
9. Makes You Stupid
Sleep helps a lot in the process of thinking and learning. These cognitive processes are affected in many ways by sleep deprivation. First, it hinders attention, awareness, concentration, reasoning and problem-solving. As a result effective teaching is made more difficult.
10. Disrupts judgment
Sleep deprivation can affect the quality of our understanding and acceptance of the reality of things and events. As a result, it also affects our ability to make good decisions as we may not be able to properly assess the events in our environment.
Make time for some downtime, even though there are plenty of other things to do – family, personal stuff, and work life. These are challenges, but if people understand how important getting enough sleep is and how to sleep better, it can make a big difference.
(Disclaimer: The article is based on general information and is not a substitute for expert advice. Zee News does not confirm this.)