Sleep deprivation condition is characterized by lack of sleep. If you are suffering from chronic sleep deprivation, you may further confront with daytime sleepiness, fatigue, clumsiness and extreme weight gain or loss. Sleep deprivation also has many adverse effects on the brain and cognitive function.
There are many reasons, why people of this generation are suffering from more sleep deprivation troubles than earlier days – countless diseases, physical discomforts, stress and anxiety are just some of the reasons. Below given are the common effects of sleep deprivation:
Effects of Sleep Deprivation on the Body
Leads to Weight Gain
Those who sleep for less than seven hours or so are more prone to becoming obese. Researchers have proved that there is a link between sleep and peptides in our body, which regulates appetite. Leptin gives satiety signals to the brain, whereas Ghrelin helps in stimulating hunger. Lack of sleep lowers the Leptin secretion and increases Ghrelin functioning. Besides this, the lack of proper balance between these peptides also increases the craving for carbohydrate foods and all these factors lead to obesity.
Increases Ageing of your Skin
The protein that keeps your skin elastic and smooth is Collagen. When you are stressed and deprived of sleep, your body secretes stress hormone Cortisol and this breaks down Collagen in your body. Growth hormone is released by our body when we sleep. So, while you sleep, the skin cells are regenerated and the damaged cells of the body are repaired. Thus lack of sleep causes your skin to age fast by producing lines and unevenness and it does not get the scope to repair the damage.
Gives Rise to Serious Health Problems
The common diseases like blood pressure, heart ache, heart failure, stroke, diabetes, irregular heart beat are all because of lack of sleep. Since our body heals silently during our sleep, therefore it repairs the worn out arteries, veins, etc. Thus lack of time to heal makes our body sick gradually, which leads to various diseases.
Effects of Sleep Deprivation on the Mind
Lack of sleep sets in depression
Sleep and depression are co-related. Lack of sleep keeps your mind awake and continuously working and this tires your mind. Insomnia leads to depression, which aggravates insomnia. It has been seen that treating insomnia helps in lessening depression.
Research says that there are certain ‘sharp wave ripples’ in the brain which help in transferring the learned matter from the hippocampus to the neocortex of the brain, where information is stored to be used in long run. This transferring event occurs when one is in deep sleep. So if the brain does not get time to sleep, one tends to become forgetful.
Impairs Making Correct Judgment
Lack of sleep often deprives your capacity to make proper judgment as it is unable to make you understand situations accurately and your interpretations may go wrong.
A Reason Behind Accidents
Lack of sleep increases the personal hazards as well as the public hazards. Lack of sleep makes one inattentive as the brain becomes dull and makes you doze off in the middle of your work and this causes various accidents to happen.
Thus it can be said that adequate sleeping can increase your mental and physical form and therefore performance too. Cutting on your sleep leads to multiple health problems. Therefore sleep well to live happily in a healthy manner.