7 Reasons

Lack Of Sleep

Is Extremely Dangerous

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Lack Of Sleep Is Dangerous - Why You Need To Be Very Careful

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.

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.


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.


It only takes a second in traffic to lose concentration and a tragic accident could take place.

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.

Studies show that 1 in 3 people aren't getting enough sleep, according to the CDC.

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 one of them.

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.

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.

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

Achieve Better Health, Peak Mental Function, & A Happier Existence

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 Your Levels Of Rest

Without adequate rest, you will almost certainly not be able to enjoy the normal level of memory recall,

fast reflexes and 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.

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1. Lack Of Sleep Contributes To Depression

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.

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According to this 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.


Clearly this issue is a serious one.

2. Headaches & Migraines

According to the Migraine Trust, there is an inextricable link between a lack of sleep and headaches & migraines. 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.


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.

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.

According to this 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.  Nobody wants that right?

Because we live in a world of youth, beauty, and instant appeal, the fight against aging has developed a huge big-money industry.   People pay thousands of dollars each year in order to stave off the ravaging effects of father time.

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It seems that money may well be better spent on getting a better night's sleep instead.  

4 Cardiovascular Problems

According to this fairly conclusive study, there is a massive increase in the risk of cardiovascular-related issues for people that do not get enough sleep.

As mentioned in an above paragraph, not getting enough sleep is potentially fatal in the wrong person.

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. 

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Unfortunately, your risk of a heart attack increases as your sleep decreases.   A sobering thought.

5. Intellectual Impairment 

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 this 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.

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Your cognitive decline can be especially dangerous in workplaces that require intense concentration and/or reaction times.

6. Loss Of Libido

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.

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.  

Males suffering from low testosterone can also see diminished muscle growth, increased fat storage, mood changes, and depression

7. Lack Of Sleep Might Be Making You Fatter

Pretty much nobody wants to get fatter but there's a distinct possibility that sleep deprivation may lead to both advertent 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.

Unfortunately, burning muscle is terrible for weight management.  Cortisol also contributes to fat storage.

According to this,  there is a clear link between lack of sleep and an increase in appetite.

The effect has been proven to be very similar in nature to the cravings effect that endocannabinoids have on 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.

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 at the very least; adequate.

Remember: Lack Of Quality Rest Is Dangerous For Your Health And For Others.

7 Reasons Lack Of Sleep Is Extremely Dangerous 

By AJ James

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