1 Jun 2017

Harmful Effects of Sleep Deprivation!

If you are still in university, you probably have a lot of homework to finish, papers to finish, and exams to study for. It’s almost finals week and you can’t help but procrastinate because life is just like that for a college student. You end up pulling off several all-nighters and your sleeping schedule is messed up.

Sleep Deprivation

If you are already working, then you probably have a lot of paperwork to organize and file, presentations to prepare for, or take-home projects to finish. Because of that, you are getting less and less hours of sleep in a day. You probably haven’t even slept in a few days because of so much things to do.

With these two situations, what they have in common is the fact that each does not give enough time to sleep. Probably not even sleeping at all. It gets the job done. However, there are possible harmful effects to the health. Here are harmful effects of sleep deprivation!

Reduced attentiveness.

Getting things done is top priority so at first, pulling an all-nighter is beneficial. However, if you go to work without getting sleep, you won’t be productive. You will be prone to making mistakes and errors because you are just floating by, trying not to sleep on your cubicle. Coffee can only do so much for you and the lack of sleep can make you unaware of what is going on in your surroundings.

Accident prone.

If you did not sleep at all the night before, you should take the public transportation. There is a possibility that you are so sleepy or drowsy that you end up falling asleep while driving. Not only will it risk your life, but it can also risk other people’s lives. Driving with the lack of sleep is just as dangerous as driving when intoxicated. Take the public transportation instead if that is the case.

Increased disease risk.

Lack of sleep can be a big factor in getting certain diseases. If you don’t sleep enough, there is a possibility that you will get heart disease, or worse heart attack. The body needs to rest and re-energize and the heart can only take so much until it gets affected. It can also lead to high blood pressure and stroke.

Now that you are aware of the possible side effects of having little to no sleep, you should be more careful of your health. Getting enough sleep is just as important as getting things done.