Most of us don’t think missing a few nights of sleep on a consistent basis is going to have any real serious side effects beyond being tired. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Sleep deprivation affects everything from our ability to concentrate to our overall mood and once it becomes chronic, more serious health problems often follow.
When you haven’t had enough sleep, just having a clear focused thought becomes difficult. When you are starved of the proper sleep nothing is crystal clear and many of your thoughts are fuzzy and unfocused . It becomes increasingly difficult to focus for any length of time. Imagine having to make a speech, or drive your child to school. Sleep deprivation could have a huge affect on your ability to do both of those things. In your haze, you could even walk through a sliding screen door.
It’s hard to be effective and get a lot done when you’re tired. The simplest tasks take double the time to accomplish and our bodies drag. Unfortunately, when sleep deprivation becomes chronic, weight gain, diabetes, and a whole host of other serious disorders often follow. Often our jobs are driven by the need to be productive, imagine how much impact not getting enough sleep would have on a job that was very productivity driven. You might get fired because of your inability to perform at a certain level.
Sleep deprivation can even affect our immunity. We are more prone to colds and other illnesses when we don’t get enough sleep. Our immune systems suffer when we are chronically tired, which means our bodies aren’t as equipt to handle illnesses. If you notice yourself catching colds more often, or find that they last longer than usual, sleep deprivation could be to blame.
Not getting enough sleep can be a serious matter if it happens enough. We can find ourselves unable to focus for long periods of time, more prone to sickness, and unable to be as productive as we usually are. Unfortunately, serious sicknesses like diabetes can plague us when sleep deprivation becomes chronic. Get your rest, your health depends on it and you deserve it.