You know that a lack of sleep can leave you feeling cranky and out of sorts, but there are other consequences you may not even be aware of. Here are eight surprising side effects of sleep deprivation that you definitely don’t need in your life.
- Sleep loss can lead to an increased risk of accidents. Drowsiness is a major cause of accidents on the highway and in the workplace. Employees who are chronically sleep deprived have more frequent accidents and take more sick days than those who get their rest.
- Chronic sleep deprivation can put you at risk for a variety of health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Some estimates say that up to 90 percent of insomniacs have another health condition.
- Sleepiness can lead to lowered cognitive processes. Getting the right amount of sleep is necessary for concentration and problem solving. Furthermore, sleep is necessary for memory, which means a lack of sleep may keep you from remembering what you’ve learned.
- Not getting your beauty rest can make you look older. Chronic sleep loss results in more than just dark circles. It can result in fine lines and a spotty complexion because hormones that are released during slow wave sleep aren’t performing their normal beauty routine.
- Being overly tired can cause depression. A 2007 study of 10,000 individuals found that those who suffered from insomnia were five times more likely to develop depression than those who have no troubles getting to sleep.
- Missing out on sleep can make you fat. According to a 2004 study, subjects who slept less than six hours per night were about 30 percent more likely to be obese than those who slept from seven to 10 hours.
- Sleepiness can impair your judgment about how much sleep you need. People who are chronically sleep deprived frequently feel that they’re able to function just as well (if not better) than the rest of us. However, tests prove that they’re consistently incorrect.
- Sleep loss can kill. According to a British study of more than 10,000 civil servants, chronic sleep loss results in nearly double the risk of death, particularly from cardiovascular disease.
If you have concerns about getting enough rest, contact your chiropractor. He or she will be able to help you assess how much sleep you need and explain how important it is to get the rest that your body requires.
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