35% of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep a night, which is the recommended amount.
You may be one of the Americans who are sacrificing a good night’s rest to spend more hours at the office. But you may be doing more damage to your body than you might think.
Here’s what else lack of sleep can do to you, besides give you sleep-deprived eyes.
One of the most obvious things you’ll suffer from with a lack of sleep is fatigue. When you have low energy, it’ll be hard to tackle anything in life.
This can take its toll on your relationships, whether it’s with your wife, kids, or coworkers. You may be too tired to do anything with them, much less pay full attention to them.
It can also cause you to be unsafe while driving or operating any heavy machinery. A lack of sleep means a lack of focus. It may also cause your quality of work to drop.
Sleep Deprivation and Blood Pressure
When you don’t get enough sleep over a long enough period of time, it can start to affect your blood pressure. More specifically, if you don’t get enough sleep, both your heart rate and blood pressure will increase.
If you frequently and constantly are sleep deprived, then this can lead to both organ damage and cardiovascular diseases. Both can inadvertently affect other parts of your life, such as sexual performance. The sleep deprivation itself may already affect your libido.
Sleep Deprivation and Brain Damage
Not only can sleep deprivation negatively affect your cardiovascular system, but also your nervous system. When you have a chronic lack of sleep, this can affect neuron health.
Also, do you ever get insomnia brain, which involves fogginess and lack of concentration? This is because your brain can’t function right in the day without adequate rest.
Parts that need to be activated aren’t (for short-term memory), and parts that need to be turned off are still on (that affect mind wandering).
Can Lack of Sleep Cause Diarrhea?
This may seem like a strange and silly question; surely the answer would be “no.”
However, it seems like bad sleep quality can in fact contribute to gastrointestinal (GI) problems, including diarrhea. Other possible GI symptoms include feeling of blockage, nausea, pain, and swallowing difficulties.
Prevent Sleep-Deprived Eyes and More by Increasing Your Hours Asleep
As you can see, a lack of sleep can do more than give you sleep-deprived eyes. From anything such as cardiovascular disease to brain damage and even diarrhea, it’s plain to see that sleep deprivation is only detrimental to both your physical and mental health.
So stop sacrificing your health for the sake of getting more work done. Once you get enough sleep, you’ll be able to enjoy better moods, sex life, and health.
And if you’re having trouble staying and/or falling asleep, make sure to consult with a doctor to get to the room of your problems. That way, you can get back to good quality sleep and better health.
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