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Side Effects of Not Sleeping

Updated on October 7, 2017

Lack of sleep can be very dangerous to our health. Whether lack of sleep is due to our own doing like stay out late at night or to a sleep disorder it must be taken care of as soon as possible. My sister once told me before, I can't remember all what she said but I think the body, rather the organs of the body has a specific time to heal while you are sleeping. That's one of the reason why there is night and day. A certain organ in our bodies correspond to a certain time in the night for healing. I remember what my sister said the early hours just before dawn has something to do with healing of the lungs, but the early part of the night like before midnight is responsible for the kidneys. That's why people is supposed to sleep at or before10 PM.

Many people have sleep disorder without knowing it, they assume that the cause is their noisy children, or because of so many problems, so their illness is left untreated. And this could cause more problems for them.

People deprived of sleep tends to be:

  • cognitively impaired - they are less alert and seems there heads are on the clouds.

And because you will be unable to think straight when you are very sleepy, this will affect your daily life, your work, your personal life, and also your driving skill. And you'll be a danger to the public while driving just like DUI. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety the estimated number of car crashes every year caused by drowsy driving is about 100,000.

Long time sleep deprivation can cause more illness such as:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart attack
  • depression or mood disorder
  • mental impairment
  • lowered immune system

I will also add that, based on my own experience, not having enough sleep causes my immune system to drop and I have experienced most of the above mentioned, except heart attack, (thank God!) plus I develop a thyroid deficiency.

So guys not being able to sleep well in the night is really bad for the body. So if you ever couldn't sleep in the night you have to try to sleep in the daytime.

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  • Ipeoney profile image

    Ipeoney 5 years ago from USA

    Hi Emily, you're right, I think it is not good to oversleep also because it will break the rythym of your sleep. I think it would be okay sometimes like on weekend after a weeks hard work or if you didn't have enough sleep the night before.

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    emilybee 5 years ago

    I could sleep all day but I don't think that is healthy, either! I try to go to bed before 12 but waking up is soo difficult for me, THE worst part of the day. Then I have my coffee and I'm kind of okay. :) Nice hub! Thanks for sharing!

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    Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

    sleeping could be the time of healing, after a good night sleep, everything seems possible. Thank you for stopping by.

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    Tina Boomerina 7 years ago from Seattle (and the world)

    No one seems to know why we need sleep. I think that our minds are sorting through the data...but that's just my guess. And, of course, our body is regenerating when we sleep. Great hub.

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    Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

    Hi treasures thanks for the comment. Yes getting to bed early is the best for our body. I think we can accomplish more work in the day if we have enough sleep. But sometimes business interferes with sleep.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Good hub Ipeoney, I needed to read this. I will do better with getting more sleep, and getting to bed earlier.

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    Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

    Hi onegoodwoman, thanks for the comment. I guess some people have stronger immune system, strong constitution than others. Sometimes I also sleep at 4:00 am and wake up at 11:00 am so still have 7 hours sleep. Rythm is very important. Usually, the time you sleep today is the same time you will feel sleepy the next day.

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    onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


    I get little sleep.......I am a nighttime girl in a daytime world......rarely going to bed before 3 am, yet my hubby arises at 4:30 am..........

    Many times, I just lay down on the sofa, so not to distrub my hubby, who will be rising soon.

    I make it through the day, very rarely taking a nap.......what could I accomplish if I had proper rest? Why is it that I refuse sleep? What will I miss? I am much like a child in this.....

    This field is wide open!

    At my last " check up" or " physical", there was no indication of concerns!

    Sleep......the next, frontier!

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    Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

    Thanks for the comment richtwf. The elders always say that if you abuse your body when young, like not enough nutrition and sleep, when you get older it's payback time.

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    richtwf 7 years ago

    We spend almost a third of our lives sleeping and its during this time that we give our one body a chance to restore itself and charge up our batteries as well as perform many other essential maintenance tasks while we rest. Lack of sleep or sleep deprivation doesn't bid well for us and leads to us under-performing in our daily work and duties, so we really owe it to ourselves to give our bodies the best sleep we can, and if we look after our sleep then our bodies will look after us.

    Thanks for sharing this hub and highlighting the importance of getting a good night's sleep.

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    Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

    Hi eculligan, thanks for commenting. I am planning to do some research about thyroid and then write a hub because I thought there are many types of thyroid illness. There is a progressive one, but there is the one that heals once treated. I don't understand much right now so I need some research. That's good news that your thyroid has beed treated.

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    eculligan 7 years ago

    I always work on writing my hubs at night when my wife and kids go to bed. I probably only get 3 to 4 hours of sleep a night. The interesting thing you point out is Thyroid disease. I was diagnosed with Underactive 3 months ago, but now since treated I am able to stay awake longer. I agree that I am very moody at work and in the clouds. I am completely drained. Great hub!

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    Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

    Hi PegCole17

    Although night sleep is always preferable than daytime sleep, if we can complete 8-hours of sleep per day then it will be alright no matter what time we choose to sleep. But in the long run I think daytime sleep will have negative effects on our health.

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    Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Good information. As a frequent insomniac I can feel the difference when I do get a good night's sleep. It seems to run in my family to spend 2am -3:30am awake. Oh well, more time to write hubs.

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    Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

    Hi travel_man1971 Same here, staying late reading hubs and articles, trying to learn more.The body has a rythym if you sleep at ten pm you will always get very sleepy when 10 pm is near. Thank you for the comment

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    Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    I deprived myself to sleep doing due to my enthusiasm to finish more hubs, here on HubPages :)

    You're sister was is about our body clock. As this jargon states: There's a time for everything, so, is our body..time to work, play and sleep.

    To enable to regenerate more healthy cells, 6 to 8 hours of sleep everyday must be followed. But due to the nature of our work or lifestyle, sleep routine is affected.

    I've experienced what you've shared...after a year of hubbing, I'm recuperating now. Thanks for sharing and welcome to HubPages!^-^

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    Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

    Hi Aunty Sa, yes you're right. And also night sleep is different than daytime sleep. The human body I guess is programmed to sleep at night, not in the daytime, sometimes i couldn't sleep at night and end up sleeping in the day, and it doen't feel right.

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    AuntySa 7 years ago from Austalia

    Lack of sleep is very unhealthy because it may lead you to become physically and mentally lethargic. This means that spending your day will not be eventful or productive since you will be losing your strength as well as interest in gearing to everyday's exciting events.

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    Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

    Hi Katie thanks for the comment. For me, after a good night sleep I could come up with some good ideas to write about, but if sleepy the mind is blank.

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    katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

    Sleep is so vital to good health and a joyful life. Thanks for the great information on side effects of not sleeping.