The side effects of sleep deprivation


The side effects of sleep deprivation

We’ve all experienced a few nights of disturbed sleep, which may not seem like a big deal at the time. However, when it becomes a regular occurrence, there are several unpleasant side effects of sleep deprivation to be aware of.

1. Skin

Lack of sufficient sleep not only affects your appearance in the short term but also has long-term effects. Proper sleep allows for the repair and regeneration of collagen and other proteins that maintain skin elasticity. Without enough sleep, you’ll notice increased signs of early aging and an increased risk of developing conditions such as acne.

2. Hair

Although lesser known, research suggests a connection between insufficient sleep and hair loss, particularly in men. Sleep deprivation, combined with the stress it often brings, impacts hormone levels in the body and can trigger male pattern baldness in susceptible individuals.

3. Weakened Immune System

If you find yourself catching every cold that goes around, your sleep schedule may be the cause. Chronic sleep deprivation can disrupt your immune system, making you more susceptible to illnesses.

4. Weight

Sleep has a role in regulating hormones that affect appetite, such as ghrelin and leptin. Sleep deprivation increases ghrelin levels, which can cause cravings, while decreasing leptin, which signals satiety. This can be problematic if you’re trying to lose weight.

5. Fertility

Regular sleep disruptions can hinder conception by reducing the secretion of reproductive hormones.

6. Serious Health Issues

Sleep deprivation raises the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. In the case of diabetes, inadequate deep sleep affects glucose processing in the body, potentially leading to type Two diabetes.

7. Memory

Lack of sleep can leave you feeling sluggish, and some studies have shown that it can impair cognitive function to the equivalent of having a blood alcohol content of 0.1%. Additionally, REM sleep, which is often compromised due to sleep deprivation, is essential for the consolidation of short-term memories into long-term ones.

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