We see the dark circles under our eyes, the tiredness on our face, but those are just the tip of an iceberg. The real consequences of sleep deprivation leave permanent marks on our bodies from the inside, slowly deteriorating our health. A night or two of binge-watching your favorite TV show is nothing in comparison to the chronic state when people barely sleep for weeks or months. It is easy to slip into the vicious circle of sleep deprivation, so before you allow yourself to sleep less, let’s see all the side effects of sleep deprivation.
Consequences of Sleep Deprivation Lack of sleep brings no good, so besides the obvious side effects that are visible on our face, here are some of the most serious consequences of bad sleeping habits.
● Memory impairment. During sleep, our brain is establishing connections that are helping us to process and remember new information. Hence, the lack of sleep negatively affects our short-term and long-term memory and increases the formation of false information.
● Immune system. Sleeping less can weaken our immune system’s defense mechanism, and make us more prone to viruses and different diseases.
● Diabetes. When we are sleep deprived, our body releases less insulin, which is a hormone that regulates the level of our blood sugar. People who sleep less usually have higher blood sugar, and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
● Heart diseases. Sleep-deprived people have higher blood pressure, and elevated levels of chemicals that are connected to inflammations, both playing a significant role in the development of heart diseases.
● Weight gain. Sleep-deprived people tend to eat more unhealthy food, at an inappropriate time, and the hormones that are in charge of their feelings of satiety are out of balance.
● Mood changes. Being impulsive, emotional, extremely happy or depressed, anxious, are all common mood swings that sleep-deprived people experience.
How to Start Sleeping Again You know that you can allow yourself to go out or study, and skip sleeping for one night without some significant consequences. You also know that if it becomes a habit, your sleep debt is going up. But can you repay sleep debt? Absolutely. That is the only good thing about sleep deprivation; you can reverse the effects with a bit of time, patience, and discipline. This means that you will have to create a healthy sleep schedule and stick to it.
Selena Thomas is a content writer who loves sharing tips on healthy lifestyles. A writer by day and a reader by night, she’s fond of writing articles that can help people in improving both physical and mental health. Also, she loves traveling and inspires people on her blogs. . .
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Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: September 10, 2019