Premature aging, memory lapses, poor grades, emotional instability or making mistakes at work .... could the reason be lack of sleep?
Sleep is one of the most important functions of your body and brain. That’s because, without it, the mind and body break down much more quickly. Make sure you practice proper sleep hygiene, exercise, meditate and get all the right nutrients from foods and adaptogenic herbs.
Just to let you know how serious the matter is, we provided a list of just a few of the consequences of sleep deprivation.
Chronic sleeplessness can harm your ability to express emotion and recognize it in others. It can also cause breakdowns and emotional overwhelm. Disappointments feel much more severe, and your reactions to them could raise some eyebrows.
Certain stages of sleep help you process memories, so a lack of sleep has serious effects on memory. Without enough sleep, your concentration suffers a lot as well. That could slow you down at work, or make the job more dangerous.
Concentration and information processing suffer without proper sleep. This can lead to accidents at home or at work. Many car accidents are blamed on insomnia. The driver may not recognize the impairment. WebMD cites a few high-profile accidents on its website: “the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, and others.” (1)
Premature Skin Aging
Cortisol, the stress hormone, increases during periods of sleep deprivation. This breaks down collagen, which helps keep your skin elastic and beautiful. It also breaks down other proteins such as muscle. (2)
Rapid Physical Breakdown
“According to some estimates, 90% of people with insomnia -- a sleep disorder characterized by trouble falling and staying asleep -- also have another health condition,” according to WebMD. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension are just some of the things long term sleep deprivation can trigger. (1)
Your immune system suffers as well, so you can add coughs, colds and other infections to the list. A few mechanisms cause this process, one of which is higher cortisol levels.