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The 5 Leading Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Did you know, besides from leaving you desperate for a coffee every morning, sleep deprivation can also have serious negative effects on the body.

It’s also important to keep in mind that sleep deprivation doesn’t just refer to literally being awake all through the night, but more so the quality of the hours you do sleep for. Good quality sleep is often described as falling asleep under 30 minutes initially and waking no less than once during the night and falling back asleep in no longer than 20 minutes.

Unfortunately, for the large percentage of the population who suffer from Bruxism you may be also experiencing the effects of sleep deprivation.

Ever felt like you take a lot longer to recover from a cold than your friends or family?

    Not getting enough sleep prevents the body from strengthening the immune system and producing more cytokines to fight infection, which also puts you at risk of chronic illness.

    Have you begun to develop respiratory issues or feeling like your asthma worse than usual?

      Sleep deprivation can also result in an increased risk of new and advanced respiratory diseases.

      Have you been focusing on eating healthy and exercising and not seeing any progress?

        Two hormones in the body, leptin and ghrelin, control feelings of hunger or fullness, the levels of these hormones are affected by sleep, or lack of. Sleep deprivation also causes the release of insulin, which leads to increased fat storage and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

        Did your GP comment on a change in your blood pressure last visit?

          Sleep helps the heart vessels to heal and rebuild as well as affecting processes that maintain blood pressure and sugar levels as well as inflammation control. Long term, not getting enough shut eye increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

          Have you noticed a change in your skin or feeling particularly fatigued?

            Several hormones are secreted whilst you sleep, and naturally a lack of sleep will result in an imbalance of these hormones. The imbalance of these hormones will affect your weight, as well as your mood and energy.

            It’s amazing the difference a good nights sleep can make!