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What Are The Effects of Sleep Deprivation?

Updated on June 6, 2021
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I'm Sam. I enjoy writing about sleep and mental health-related topics as well as ways to prevent stress and to relax.

It is interesting to see the effects of sleep deprivation on the brain. We have all experienced the symptoms of sleep deprivation in our lives, after being up all night without sleep. As with most things in this life, each person has certain characteristics, so there are variations in causes, symptoms and bigger health problems.

Effects of Sleep Deprivation

The factors personality and age are very important to see the differences in experiences. We will see changes that occur more frequently with sleep deprivation of more than four days. Deprivation of sleep can be voluntary or due to the consumption of some drugs, consumption of alcohol, barbiturates etc.

Sleep deprivation poverty relationship

Absence from Work

Insomnia is a complex disease of multi-factorial origin, which affects 40% of the population, regardless of class, profession or gender, mainly caused by lack of sleep. People who suffer from this have triple the rate of absenteeism at work, seven times increased risk of accidents, and double the frequency of medical visits and hospitalization. Many medical researchers say that “relative lack of sleep ” causes so much damage in our society, that it must be considered the evil of the century.

Poor Performance

We also found that people with sleep problems have more problems to finish tasks, both at work and in daily life.

Low Concentration

When a person is deprived of sleep, he suffers from the inability or difficulty in maintaining psychological, intellectual and physical performance in all kinds of activities. Just to not sleep one night has a significant impact on the brain’s ability to function properly.

This indicates that we can stay awake for long periods of time with little sleep – but what we lose, gradually, is the ability to think.

Damage your health

Sleep deprivation damages health: increases stress, fatigue, tiredness and decreased memory. In addition, there are eating disorders, such as overeating and loss of ability to sleep.

They have a higher risk of health problems, ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder to immune system deficiencies and cardiovascular disease.

“Sleep deprivation is much more than a small irritation,” says a report published in the journal Sleep Matters (The Dream matter).

Sleep less than five hours doubles your chances of having angina pectoris, coronary insufficiency, heart attacks or stroke, importantly; sleeping more than nine hours also increases the risk of such diseases.

According to results published in the journal, sleeping less than six hours increases the chance to die early with 12 percent, as compared to people who meet their eight hours of sleep.

Sleeping less than five hours increases the risk for obesity with 12 percent. This is the result data of clinical trials tested on total 1.4 million people. The verdict is that sleeping less than five hours a day increases 12% the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart attack or cancer. Sleeping five hours will not kill you, but it gives you a considerable chance of dying from any of these diseases.

“Insomnia fosters depression and relationship problems.” That’s the conclusion of a study published by the Mental Health Foundation in the UK.

The study reveals that there is a link between insomnia and relationship problems, low energy levels and an inability to focus, among other problems.

The study, conducted with 6,800 people is the largest of its kind ever made in the UK. The results showed interesting patterns about the risks of insomniacs.

For example, it showed that sleep deprived individuals are four times more likely to have relationship problems, three times more likely to be depressed and three times more likely to experience poor concentration. These are effects of deprivation of sleep we don’t consider that much in our day to day lives.

Sleep deprivation induced psychological disorders and depression

Sleep deprivation can lead to mental health problems and mental health problems can lead to sleep deprivation. As a result, those who begin to experience insomnia can be found quickly in a downward spiral of lack of sleep and poor health, from which some people never recover.

It is crucial that people are aware of effective ways to break this spiral and improve the quality of their sleep.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2016 Sam Shepards


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