A lack of sleep has been the main cause for some of the world’s largest mistakes in recent history. It has been documented that the 1979 nuclear disaster at Three Mile Island, the catastrophic Exxon Valdez oil spill, the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, and countless others. Most people need 7 to 9 hours of solid sleep a night to feel fully rested. If you go for very long without proper sleep or poor sleep than your physical health and mental abilities will be diminished. You may start gaining weight or get sick easier as your immune system will suffer as well.
When you sleep your body heals itself and restores your chemical balance. Your brain can also create new connections and your memory should improve. Without proper rest you will lower your quality of life and even risk an early death, but you are not the only one effected by your lack of sleep. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released that fatigue is a main cause in over 100,000 auto crashes each year, and of those crashes fatigue is the cause for over 1,500 deaths per year.
Here are some signs of sleep deprivation:
- Feeling tired and sleepy
- Yawning Excessively
- Daytime fatigue
- Making more mistakes at work
- Lack of concentration
- Harder than normal problem solving capabilities
Effects of Sleep deprivation:
Gain Weight: If you are not getting enough sleep you are more likely to crave a high carbohydrate and high fat food diet and your metabolism is more likely to be slower. A 2004 study shows that if you sleep less than 6 hours a day, you are 30% more likely to become obese than those who sleep 7 to 9 hours a day.
Serious Health Issues: Chronic sleep loss can put your body at risk for a number of health conditions you might not have been at risk at before. Possible health risks include: Heart disease, Diabetes, Stroke, Heart attack, Heart failure, and High blood pressure. Past studies have shown that about 90% of people suffering from insomnia (a disease which inhibits/prevents sleep) also suffer from another health condition.
Skin Problems: Lack of sleep causes your body to release extra cortisol the stress hormone. This can break down skin collagen which is the protein that keeps the skin smooth. It can also cause your body to produce less human growth hormone. Not getting enough sleep can lead to dark circles and puffy eyes and to more fine lines and wrinkles.
Increased risk of Cancer: A number of studies have shown lack of sleep to an increased risk of cancer especially breast and prostate cancer.
High Risk of Mental Illness: It has been shown through numerous studies that a lack of sleep can harm your physical body, but it can also harm your mind. Studies have shown that people diagnosed with anxiety or depression usually slept less than six hours a night. In a 2007 study of 10,000 people, those with insomnia were five times more likely to develop a mental illness such as depression.
Memory loss: Sleep deprivation makes it harder to store your memories. If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, you will have a harder time learning new things. In 2009, a joint American and French study concluded that sleep is necessary for your brain to transfer short term memories to long term memories, thus establishing them.
Lose your sense or Performance: Sleep deprivation makes you a poor judge of your own performance. You may feel good but people who suffer from sleep deprivation typically score much lower on performance tests for mental and physical performance.
Death: The British published a study in 2007 called the “Whitehall II Study”, which studied British civil servants’ sleep schedules. It look specifically at civil servants who had cut their sleep back from 7+ hours back to 5 or even less. Those who cut back their sleep schedules nearly doubled their risk of death from all causes; accidents, health problems, etc.
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