Common Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Depriving yourself from sleep can lead to mental and physical health problems

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A good night’s sleep helps us feel better, so why is it that many of us are depriving ourselves from it? Depriving ourselves from sleep can lead to serious mental and physical health problems. Some of these include high blood pressure, impaired concentration and weight gain.

According to Live Science, “a 2010 review by University of Rochester researchers found that people who persistently get less sleep are more likely to be in traffic accidents, have higher rates of missed work days, are less satisfied with their jobs and are more likely to get easily irritated.”

According to a recent study by the National Sleep Foundation teenagers (14-17) should get 8-10 hours of sleep per night, young adults (18-25) and adults (26-64) should get 7-9 hours and older adults (65+) should get 7-8 hours.

If you are getting less than your recommended hours of sleep you are putting your health at risk. Start making changes to your schedule. Try cutting down on caffeine and keeping a sleep diary.

Below are The Common Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation



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Getting behind the wheel when you are tired is a huge mistake. According to WebMD, “Sleep deprivation was a factor in some of the biggest disasters in recent history: the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, and others.”



Overtime, lack of sleep can contribute to depression and it’s been proven insomnia has the strongest link to depression. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “the relationship between sleep and depressive illness is complex – depression may cause sleep problems and sleep problems may cause or contribute to depressive disorders.”



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Lack of sleep ages you faster (especially your skin). The Chicago Tribune explains, “insufficient sleep leads to collagen and hyaluronic breakdown” and “derived sleep leads to poor water balance causing puffy eyes and dark circles.” This ultimately leads to the appearance of wrinkles.


Weight Gain


Lack of sleep is associated with increased hunger and appetite. WebMD explains, “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.”




Did you forget someone’s name? Maybe you completely blanked out and forgot what you had scheduled to do today. Lack of sleep impairs your memory and causes decreased alertness. It can also cause mood changes and brain deterioration among the elderly.


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