Surprising Effects of Lack of Sleep

Surprising Effects of Lack of Sleep

Lack of sleep can make a person grumpy and foggy. It can negatively affect his/her sex life, memory, health, looks, and general well being.

Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Serious Health Problems

Sleep disorders which is characterized by chronic sleep loss can put you at the risk of:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Sleep Loss Dumbs You Down

Sleep plays a critical role in learning and memory functions. On the other hand, lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes. Firstly, it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently.

Secondly, during the night, various sleep cycles play a role in “consolidating” memories in the mind. If people don’t get enough sleep,  they won’t be able to remember what they have  learnt  and experienced during the day.

Lack of Sleep Ages Your Skin

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, wrinkles, and dark circles under the eyes.

When people don’t get enough sleep, the body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts this cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.

Sleepiness Causes Accidents

Sleep deprivation played a role in the most devastating disasters of recent history and it is also a big public safety hazard on the road daily. Drowsiness can slow reaction time as much as driving drunk.

Studies show that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and injuries on the job. In one study, workers who complained about excessive daytime sleepiness had significantly more work accidents, particularly repeated work accidents.

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