7 Reasons Why
Lack Of Sleep
and what you
can do about it
Lack Of Sleep Can Be Very Bad For Your Health
Your Brain, Like Your Body, Needs Down Time
So many people are busy running errands and bouncing from task to task in their hectic day to day lives.
When it comes to a bit of R & R, they frequently make poor choices and then suffer the consequences. The problem here is that many people are suffering and don't know why.
You'd think it would be simple
The need for rest for the mind and body is pretty obvious. But then, so are many things that we know we should do but don't.
--- The Consequences ---
The real danger of not sleeping
Brain fog isn't just some harmless condition to laugh about and just pass off as unimportant.
Well, sometimes it's funny - But what if I told you it could be deadly?
Would it scare you into reading a few more paragraphs?
Nope, it's not a cheap ploy to keep you reading, it's a legitimate reality.
That mental haze from lack of rest can be seriously dangerous. Yep, potentially fatal.
If your brain doesn't get the downtime it needs, which is different for everyone, then there is the potential for serious issues both from a physiological standpoint and the possibly catastrophic effects of not paying attention.
You're life can change in split second from being tired
It only takes a second in traffic to lose concentration and a tragic accident could take place.
--- The Data Is Grim ---
The unsurprising truth
The data paints a pretty troubling picture about just how much sleep we get.
Not that this should really surprise anyone.
But why am I telling you this?
You know this. You're an adult who knows that you need to get rest for your mind and body, right?
Don't be so sure.
The statistics are in and it's a bit of a problem
Studies show that 1 in 3 people aren't getting enough sleep, according to the CDC. (1)
That's a scary statistic to think that the person coming towards you in oncoming traffic might be sleep deprived and is behind the wheel of a giant metal killing machine.
Too much hyperbole?
The truth - It's a very real threat and you might be on either side of it.
--- As Bad As Drunken Driving ? ---
The silent killer
It's well known that driving while intoxicated is not only illegal but very dangerous. Driving while tired is, under some circumstances, is just as bad.
The stats on tired driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nearly 1000 people could die every year from "drowsy" driving. (2)
It affects so many areas of life
None of this even touches on the health ramifications that lacking adequate sleep can wreak upon your biology.
I don't know about you but I'm really surprised that the need for both sleep and physical rest isn't more talk about as a subject.
Sleep needs more attention, NOW!
Given the risks of not resting and the massive health benefits of getting enough sleep, it's probably one of society's biggest mistakes in not making it a cultural focal point.
Sleep is as important as diet and exercise
Your Health Is At Stake
--- Better Health, Mental Function, & A Happier Existence ---
There's a lot riding on your sleep
We know that our bodies tire and we must replenish energy levels to enable our day to day activities to be performing well.
Without the necessary rest, you can reduce your cerebral effectiveness or even decay the state of your mental health.
--- Your Happiness May Depend On Rest Levels ---
Tired & miserable
This is an all too familiar feeling. Being sleepy and tired from lack of rest. Feeling low and unhappy because you just can't function properly
Without adequate rest, you will almost certainly not be able to enjoy the normal level of memory recall, fast reflexes, and the ability to perform mathematical calculations that you are used to.
You'd be surprised just how much work your brain does in a day. Well, some of you at least.
So, let's take a look at the 7 reasons why lack of sleep is dangerous:
1. Lack Of Sleep Contributes To Depression
This is scary
There's a massive link between depression and lack of sleep which implies that simply increasing your restful sleep every night could go a long way towards gaining a more positive disposition on life and helping to fight depression.
Late shift workers are at higher risks of suicide, which is a scary thought for family members of those working in such industries that require late and erratic shift work.
Science proves a link between sleep-loss and depression
According to a study, less than six hours of sleep per night significantly increases the risk of mental health issues and that nearly 9 percent of the USA may meet the criteria of clinical depression. (3)
Clearly this issue is a serious one.
2. Headaches & Migraines
Bad news for migraine sufferers
According to the Migraine Trust, there is an inextricable link between a lack of sleep and headaches & migraines. (4)
Your brain needs its sleep
The necessary absence of consciousness and the concomitant lack of neurological activity is an important part of the human brain's downtime.
When there is a clear lack of sleep, the excess stimulus may be a major factor in the cause of migraines and headaches.
Stating the obvious (or is it?)
For migraine sufferers, the need for sleep is probably something they've been well educated on in the search to eliminate such a painful affliction (I should know, I'm a long term migraine sufferer).
For many people who get casual headaches, they're probably not at all aware that a possible reason for recurring headache issues is simply a lack of sleep.
Changing the situation
Or course, once you're keenly aware of the link between not getting enough rest, you'll also likely start regimenting your sleep a little better in order to avoid a poor night of sleep
3. Aging Faster
Lack of sleep can seriously age you. What you probably didn't know is that even a single bad sleep can have a minor effect on your aging rate.
Science says lack of sleep will age you faster
According to an interesting study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, just one night of partial sleep deprivation has a negative effect on gene expression patterns in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)... Which basically, can mean you'll age a little quicker. (5)
Nobody wants that right?
Sleep is cheaper than expensive lotions
Because we live in a world of youth, beauty, and instant appeal, the fight against aging has developed a huge big-money industry.
Turning your attention towards sleeping better
People pay thousands of dollars each year in order to stave off the ravaging effects of father time.
It seems that money may well be better spent on getting a better night's sleep instead.
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4. Cardiovascular Problems
The risk to good heart hearth
As mentioned in an above paragraph, not getting enough sleep is potentially fatal in the wrong person.
Without sleep, your heart doesn't rest properly
One of the reasons cited in the aforementioned study is that blood pressure, heart rate, and the sympathetic nervous system lower when resting but a lack of sleep means these do not lower in the manner with which they require.
Once you understand this it's not hard to see how a serious lack of sleep can be extremely detrimental to your cardiovascular health.
Heart attack risk
Unfortunately, your risk of a heart attack increases as your sleep decreases.
A sobering thought.
5. Intellectual Impairment
So very many people are affected
It may not seem as important but it's potentially very dangerous.
Intellectual impairment affects millions upon millions of people.
For the most part, a little sleep deprivation can be dealt with okay but when it's chronic, your ability to drive a motor vehicle is severely diminished.
So much so that according to an article about the relationship between traffic accidents and sleep from Science Direct, the number one cause of human error induced motor vehicle accidents is directly caused by a lack of sleep. (7)
Your cognitive decline can be especially dangerous in workplaces that require intense concentration and/or reaction times.
Also, mistakes in the workplace could potentially result in employment termination.
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6. Loss Of Libido
A real world issue
It appears that a lack of sleep may lead to a lack of sex drive which isn't exactly physical dangerous but it can place a huge danger on relationships.
Lack of sexual activity is a major factor in arguments and divorce.
Loss of sexual desire in both men and women
Insufficient sleep causes major libido loss in women and in this study by the Asian Journal of andrology, lack of sleep is shown to cause a major reduction in testosterone and therefore a serious decrease in men's' sex drive. (8)
Health changes in low testosterone men
Males suffering from low testosterone can also see diminished muscle growth, increased fat storage, mood changes, and depression.
A vicious cycle in the making
A lack of libido can not only completely change relationship dynamics it can affect a lot of motivation and the consequences of many actions.
Lack of sleep can affect libido in many people. This can lead to relationship problems which can in turn lead to some serious stress... Which can affect sleep.
7. Lack Of Sleep Might Be Making You Fatter
More bad news
Pretty much nobody wants to get fatter but there's a distinct possibility that sleep deprivation may lead to hunger, increased stress hormone and inadvertent weight gain.
Lack of sleep can contribute to the body's cortisol production.
Cortisol is the body's fight or flight activating hormone meant to enable catabolic muscle degradation for instant energy.
Losing muscle is bad for your fat stores
Unfortunately, burning precious muscle is terrible for weight management because muscle is one of the driving forces behind how many calories you burn.
Cortisol also contributes to fat storage because it can increase the rate at which you store excess fat.
Studies show a link between insufficient sleep and hunger
According to a study by the University of Chicago, there is a clear link between lack of sleep and an increase in appetite. (9)
The effect has been proven to be very similar in nature to the cravings effect that endocannabinoids have on frequent marijuana users.
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--- What's The Take Home Message Here ? ---
Get Your Rest & Take It Seriously
Whilst millions of neural networks firing at once, the brain is always active, even when you sleep, but when you are awake it is the world's smartest computer.
You must power down regularly.
Make sure you're aiming for 8 hours per night and be prepared to sacrifice some TV time or whatever it is you need to do to ensure a decent sleep.
You might avoid a multitude of health issues
Lack of sleep can increase your risk of heart issues, can age you faster, give you headaches, and lead to potential death, so it's well worth doing what you can to ensure your rest levels are adequate at the very least.
Remember: Lack Of Quality Rest Is Dangerous For Your Health And For Others.
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