People are supposed to have at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Lack of sleep affects the cognitive function of the brain.
You will know if you have sleep deprivation if you have these side effects:
• Lack of Attention
• Excessive sleepiness during daytime
Aside from those side effects, there are a lot of unhealthy effects on your body because of sleep deprivation including:
• Trouble with concentration and thinking – Your concentration, creativity, and problem-solving skills losses when you don’t get enough rest.
• Changes in mood – sleep deprivation can make you emotional, moody, and quick-tempered. Chronic sleep deprivation may affect your mood and lead to depression.
• Weakened Immunity – You’re more likely to have a common cold and flu when lack of sleep since it’s weakens your immune system.
• Risk of a heart attack – sleep deprivation may lead to hypertension or increases your blood pressure and higher levels of chemicals linked to inflammation which both of them play roles in heart disease.
• Risk of diabetes – when you are lack of sleep, your body affects the release of insulin which means a blood sugar lowering hormone. Thus, increase the risk for type 2 diabetes.
• Weight gain – the chemical balance which signals your brain when you’re full or hungry is off with sleep deprivation. Therefore, you are more likely to eat a lot of foods even when you have had enough to eat.
• Low sex drive – a person who don’t get enough sleep often to have a lower libido. In men, this low sex drive may be due to a drop in testosterone levels.
• High blood pressure – If a person sleeps less than five hours a night, their risk to have hypertension can increase.
Having a good night rest can be little difficult, but getting the rest you need may require some lifestyle changes. Encourage yourself to develop habits that could promote good health and get rid of unhealthy habits that could lead to sleep deprivation. We are the ones who control our health. Prevention is always better than cure.