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The Effects of Not Getting Enough Sleep

Posted by Staff on July 24, 2019

sleepy woman at computerSleep is an essential tool for our body. Sleep is what makes us stay healthy and alert for day-to-day life. The CDC recommends you get at least 7 hours of sleep, for adults ranging from 18- 60 years old. This amount of sleep is the optimal amount to stay healthy. If a person is not receiving this amount of sleep on a regular basis than there are some symptoms that may appear. Below is a list of a few things that can happen when we don’t get enough sleep.

Weight Gain

A lack of sleep can increase your appetite and decrease your metabolism. According to Medical News Today, sleep deprivation is known to be linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease and depression. We also are not aware of how much food we are ingesting when we're tired, which can lead to over-eating.

Poor Brain Function

Your brain is a muscle and it needs breaks. When you're sleeping your brain recharges for the next day by creating new pathways that help with learning and daily function. If you're not getting enough sleep, then performing normal duties can be tedious or hard. Making decisions can also become difficult.

Unstable Emotions

When we do not receive the proper amount of sleep, we can find ourselves being irritable and short with the people and tasks around us. A continuous lack of sleep can have affect our mental health, leading to more serious mood swings, impulsive behavior, anxiety, depression, paranoia, and hallucinating.

Weakened Immune System

Without sleep, fighting off a simple cold could be difficult. Sleep gives energy to your body so that you can fight against sicknesses. Not sleeping can leave your body vulnerable to illnesses that are around you.

Make Sure You Get the Best Rest for Your Body

To make sure that these symptoms don’t happen to you, here are a few tips to get a good night's sleep.

  • Limit your naps. Too much napping can create a different sleep schedule and increase the chances of staying up late at night.

  • Set a time limit to when you stop drinking caffeine. Healthline recommends noon.

  • Create a scheduled sleep time. A specific time to fall asleep and wake up can create good habits so that you receive the correct amount of sleep.

  • Stop screen time an hour before bed. The blue light on your phone and television can affect the levels of melatonin released, making it harder to fall asleep.

  • Try reading or another relaxing activity. Winding down after a long day can make falling asleep easier. It gets your brain in the correct setting for sleep.

Getting the right amount of sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle. If you're consistently having trouble sleeping or experiencing some of the symptoms above, schedule an appointment at Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center - Your Everyday Health Care Clinic.


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