Sleep Deprivation: Lack of Sleep May Be Causing These 8 Surprising Things by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

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Sleep Deprivation: Lack of Sleep May Be Causing These 8 Surprising Things

Every day, millions of people sleepwalk through their daily routines, but being drowsy isn’t their only problem. Here are eight surprising effects of lack of sleep that make the case for getting more rest:

1. Accident-prone. Sleeping less than four hours makes you 15 times more likely to cause a car accident.

2. Brain fog. Poor sleep leads to difficulty concentrating and memory trouble.

3. Lack of creativity. REM sleep boosts creative juices.

4. Depression. People who don’t get enough sleep are 10 times more likely to be depressed.

5. Weakened immunity. Less than six hours of sleep makes you four times more likely to catch a cold.

6. Diabetes. Sleep deprivation causes insulin sensitivity to decrease by 25 percent.

7. Weight gain. Inadequate sleep causes hormone changes that affect metabolism. 

8. Heart disease. Lack of sleep increases your risk of heart disease by 70 percent.

One in three adults don’t get enough sleep, and they may be experiencing serious health complications as a result. Don’t let your lack of sleep ruin your good health!

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Elisa Schmitz
Wow. I don't think many of us realize just how important quality sleep is. Many thanks for sharing all of this, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP !
Julie Rose
Scary stats. Good to know, sleep is key. 😴
Gregory Mahn
Yes, it's true, the lack of sleep over time takes its toll. I've tested it on myself. Not long ago I was depressed and didn't know what to do. I read a lot of articles on how to overcome depression on the blog, and read one interesting idea, the body just does not get enough sleep. At that time I really slept very little, literally 3-4 hours a day, as I was very busy with work. And it ruined me, now I set myself a new regime and there was enough time for both work and sleep, and much more.

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