13 Terrifying Health Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Terrifying Health Effects Sleep Deprivation

6. Lack of sleep related to cancer risk

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also suggested that those who did not sleep for 7-9 hours in a day were more likely to fall prey to cancer. Women are more likely to face severe health issues including breast and cervical cancer.

One of the best things found by the team suggests that our bodies are very good at repairing themselves. When you are sleep deprived, you can follow it up with a night of good sleep and help the mind repair itself. The body can also repair the damage in the cells too.

7. Increase risk of anxiety and depression

Lack of sleep causes and other ongoing sleep disruptions may play an important role in setting the stage for diagnosable anxiety disorders such as panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. If left unaddressed it may also cause depression and a wide array of other diagnosable mental health issues. However, not all people with sleep deprivation or sleep disorders will develop problems with anxiousness and other mental health issues. 

According to Russell Rosenberg, PhD, (former chairman of the National Sleep Foundation and the founder and CEO of NeuroTrials Research, a clinical research site in Atlanta) lack of sleep affects our mood, therefore we tolerate stress less. As mentioned earlier, sleep deprivation increases the stress hormone cortisol, which prevents you from having good sleep starting a sleep-stress cycle. Consequently, your relationships and other aspects of your life get hampered. 

8. Sleep deprivation increases blood pressure

The relationship between less sleep and stress levels is already discussed and it is because of this you could have high blood pressure. Both sleep deprivation and insomnia have been linked to increases in the incidence and prevalence of hypertension.

9. Negative thinking increases

People with anxiety and depression are submerged in the vicious cycle of intrusive, repetitive thoughts. People who don’t sleep for recommended 8 hours a night are also deep dived in negative thoughts, according to the study published in Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. The researchers found that shorter sleep duration was linked to more time looking at negative stimuli. Get adequate sleep because you know that negative thinking can devastate career, relationships and life. 

10. Increase risk of diabetes

Besides weight gain, people with inadequate sleep are highly likely to develop adult-onset diabetes. Upon evaluating different studies on sleep and diabetes, researchers concluded that 7-8 hours of sleep can help you avoid insulin issues that could lead to diabetes.

When healthy people sleep for just 4 hours a night for a week, their body’s ability to break down sugar decreases by 40% according to the National Sleep Foundation. It is similar to those with low insulin and at risk of diabetes. 

11. Sleep deprivation makes you feel colder 

Our body gets colder when we need to feel tired, sleepy and have less energy. This is why we feel colder when lying down, and warmer when we’re upright. So, sleep is important for body temperature regulations. 

12. Your libido diminishes

Lack of sleep can be one of the main causes of your low sex drive and decline in overall mood and vigour. Sleeping for a few hours or less decreases the testosterone levels by as much as 10 to 15 per cent. So, if you’re experiencing a serious lack of energy, it is best to have a good sleep. So, that later you can better spice things up in bed,

13. Muscle growth slows down

If you deprive yourself of adequate sleep, It will hinder muscle growth. Because, when you have sound sleep, your body releases growth hormones to help build and repair muscle. So, when you don’t get enough sleep, you exhaust yourself during the day, break muscle down, but fail to grow at night. As a result, running or exercise becomes very hard for you as you get exhausted very fast.

Do you know 70 percent of growth hormones are released during sleep? So, kids with sleep deprivation could experience stunted growth.

If you aren’t getting enough sleep regularly, then it’s time to consider your lifestyle and make some healthy changes.

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