7 consequences of not getting enough sleep
Fatigue (medical), Insomnia, Obstructive sleep apnea, Sleep deprivation, Sleep disorder,
Research suggests that people should have an average of eight hours of sleep every day. However, only a small number of people manage to achieve this. A lack of sleep is very often accompanied with a number of damaging consequences:
- You are more prone to catching a cold.
- Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and acid reflux are more likely to occur.
- You can become increasingly irritated and will commonly experience mood swings.
- Lack of sleep can trigger migraines and headaches. ‘Migraines can be triggered by sleepless nights, and 36 to 58% of people with sleep apnoea wake up with nondescript morning headaches.’
- Sleep deprivation can cause trouble when trying to remember and process new information.
- You may suffer from poor vision. ‘The longer you’re awake, the more visual errors you will see and the more likely you are to hallucinate.’
- People who do not sleep enough develop imbalanced hormones, which can trigger an increase in appetite for high-calorie foods. This, in effect, could cause weight gain.
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