We are aware of how a lack of sleep makes us go all cranky and grumpy. Sucking out energy to leave us yearning for sleep is what sleep deprivation does to us. However, it doesn’t end just here. The following are the side effects that label not sleeping enough a worrisome affair.
Low Sex Drive
According to Sleep specialists, sleep-deprived men and women report lower libidos and less interest in sex. A study published in the Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism journal suggests that many sleep deprived men may have reduced levels of testosterone, resulting in a low sex drive.
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Lack of sleep affects cognitive processes like thinking and learning in many ways. Impairing attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning and problem-solving, lack of sleep makes your learning process inefficient. During night time, various sleep cycles play a role in “consolidating” memories in our mind which imply if we don’t get our body the needed sleep, we struggle to remember what we learn and experience.
Sleep deprivation affects the release of Leptin hormones that regulate food intake and body weight. As a result, you are likely to overeat even after having a proper meal.
An Increased Risk of Depression
Lack of sleep and depression are interrelated. In a 2005 ‘Sleep in America’ poll, people who were diagnosed with depression or anxiety were the ones who sleep less than six hours at night. Loss of sleep loss often aggravates the symptoms of depression, and it disturbs the sleep process.
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Risk of Death
American researchers looked at how sleep patterns affected the mortality of more than 10,000 civil servants over two decades. The results published in 2007 showed that those who had cut their sleep from seven to five hours or fewer a night nearly doubled their risk of death.
Scary right? Clearly, there is nothing more important than our health. The consequences of following an unhealthy routine are unimaginably terrifying. However, we keep on compromising with how we treat our ‘temple’. So, now is the time that we understand the importance of sleeping well and get ourselves a healthy mind and a beautiful body. Happy sleeping!