Lack of Sleep – Just How Bad Can it Be? The short answer… bad. We all have a bad night’s sleep now and again and, although we might feel foggy and grumpy the following morning, it does little harm. Long term lack of sleep is different. Quite different. Very real physical and mental problems can be caused by a lack of sleep.
A Lack of Sleep Can Cause Problems
A Consistent Lack of Sleep
Having a bad night’s sleep happens to us all now and again and, for the most part, it does little harm, other than making us a a little groggy and short-tempered.
When a person’s lack of sleep continues for days, even weeks, it is genuinely harming them – both mentally and physically.
- Mental Problems
The most obvious mental sign of a lack of sleep is an inability to concentrate, but it’s more than just that. Our memory is hugely impaired, mental focus drops off a metaphorical cliff, we lose our sense of reasoning and all these inabilities pile up to give us mood swings – all compounding to anger, confusion and lack of confidence. Not to mention the possible accidents that can come about through these mental changes. Imagine driving on a busy road with only 50% of you normal mental capacity. Not good.
- Your Immune System
Sleep deprived people are significantly more likely to catch cold and flu – and to have those cold symptoms last a lot longer.
- High Blood Pressure
There are significant links between cases of mid-to-long term insomnia and high blood pressure. According to the Mayo Clinic, “It’s thought that sleep helps your blood regulate stress hormones and helps your nervous system remain healthy. Over time, a lack of sleep could hurt your body’s ability to regulate stress hormones, leading to high blood pressure.”
- Weight Gain
With continued sleep deprivation, the chemicals that signal to your brain that you are full are off balance. as a result, you’re more likely to overindulge, even when you’ve had enough to eat.
- Low Sex Drive
Those people who get consistently less sleep will most likely have a lower libido. In men, this dropping of the sex drive is thought to be due to a drop in testosterone levels.
And those are just the common symptoms! Those most severely affected can increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. None of this is good.
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