Sleep is a very important part of our daily routine and its one of the pre-requisites for a healthy being. From animals to humans, good sleep is quintessential to being healthy. Unfortunately most people don’t get enough sleep. We sadly live in a society that burns the candle at both ends, a nation where people stay up all night to study, work, or have fun. We must however keep in mind that going without adequate sleep carries with it both short- and long-term consequences.
A deficit of adequate sleep in our regular sleeping regime can considerably affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury. When continued for a long time, prolonged sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality.
The long-term effects of sleep deprivation are real.
All your mental abilities are drained if you don’t get those 8 hours of sound sleep and you also put your physical health at a great real risk if you don’t sleep well. There is enough research to prove that poor slumber has links with all kinds of health problems, from considerable weight gain to a weakened immune system.
Sleep deprivation is caused by consistent lack of sleep or reduced quality of sleep. Having less than 7 hours of sleep on a regular basis can eventually lead to health consequences that affect your entire body. This may also be caused by an underlying sleep disorder.
Our body needs sleep, just as it needs air and food to function at its best. When we sleep, your body heals itself and restores its chemical balance. The human brain forges new connections and helps memory retention.
With a lack of sleep, your brain and body systems won’t function normally. It eventually dramatically lowers our quality of life.
Noticeable signs of sleep deprivation include:
- excessive sleepiness
- daytime fatigue
Many of us believe that stimulants like caffeine overrides the body’s basic need for sleep. In fact, these can make sleep deprivation worse by making it harder to fall asleep at night. This, however, may lead to a cycle of nighttime insomnia followed by daytime caffeine consumption to make up for the lost hours of shut-eye.