What are the consequences of lack of sleep, and the dangers?
We all probably wish we could get more sleep, but the demands of life seem to keep pushing back the hours in which we have the opportunity to do that. And even when we get into bed, chances are that most of us stare into our smartphones deep into the night.
We wake up grumpy, exhausted, and dreading the day ahead. It’s not just how the lack of sleep makes us feel, it’s the fact that lack of sleep can have detrimental long-term effects on your health – which can even lead to deadly health conditions.
Dangers and Side Effects of Lack of Sleep
Lack of sleep consequences are manifold. Below we discuss how a lack of sleep affects the brain and the body. We will list the reasons why you should make sleep a priority, and how you can get yourself back on track to pay back your sleep debt.
Lack of sleep makes you fat and ugly
Studies prove that if you sleep less than seven hours a night you increase your risk of becoming obese. The theory is that sleep-deprived people have higher levels of the hunger-stimulating hormone called “ghrelin” and diminished levels of the chemical that makes you feel full called “leptin”.
Sleep loss also causes you to release too much of the stress hormone cortisol, which will break down essential skin collagen causing your skin to become dry and wrinkly.
Your brain also isn’t given the opportunity to release enough growth hormone to encourage new cell growth. This can lead to chronic dark circles under your eyes and lackluster skin.
There is a reason why it is called beauty sleep!
Lack of sleep makes you stupid
If you don’t experience the correct amount of sleep cycles during the night, your brain cannot adequately process the information from the previous day. It is like you if you never cleaned your house: there would be garbage mixed up with the essential things you need to remember.
The next day you will try to accumulate new knowledge, remain alert and solve problems with reason – but you will feel too cluttered for your cognitive processes to function normally.
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