Lose Sleep, Lose Your Sanity

We all know sleep is important, especially as we get older. With our lives becoming more and more hectic, it can be easy to skip on sleep in an effort to get more done. So what happens when you lose sleep?

One night of missed sleep:

You become much hungrier 


When you lose sleep, your hormones become imbalanced. Specifically the hormones Leptin and Ghrelin. Ghrelin is responsible for signaling hunger while Leptin signals fullness. As these hormones fluctuate, we are drawn to carb-dense, sweet, and salty foods more so than when we have the proper amount of sleep. 

You’re more likely to have an accident


According to the National Sleep Foundation, you are 3 times more likely to get into a car wreck if you’ve had six or fewer hours of sleep. It’s very easy to fall asleep behind the wheel, so it’s important to get plenty of sleep before a long drive. 

You’re more likely to get ill


Losing sleep means losing the ability to fight off illness. You’re much more likely to become sick if you’ve lost sleep. 

You’re less focused and more forgetful


It’s been proven by multiple studies that a lack of sleep causes cognitive difficulties such as memory loss and loss of focus. If you have an important task coming up, get some sleep to be at your best!

So, that’s what happens when you lose one night of sleep. The consequences are pretty harsh, but what happens if you consistently miss sleep?

Consistent missed sleep:

Your obesity risk jumps


Remember how we said that your hunger hormones get out of whack after missing sleep? Well, consistent missed sleep allows those hormones to stay imbalanced leading to bad eating decisions. Your metabolism also slows, adding to the weight gain. 

Your stroke and heart disease risk goes up


Studies show that there is a link between sleep deprivation and the risk of stroke and heart disease. In fact, that risk could go up by 85%!

Your risk of diabetes goes up


Researchers found that lack of sleep can lead to adult-onset diabetes, but getting 7-8 hours of sleep can help avoid insulin problems. 

Your risk of death goes up


In a word, yes. Consistent missed sleep has been proven to increase the chance of death at an earlier age. The exact time varies by person, it’s possible to pass away after several days of no sleep in a row. Though it’s more likely that sleep deprivation will take its toll further down the road. 

It’s safe to say that sleep is an incredibly important factor in living a long, healthy life. Think long and hard before you decide to binge watch that new Netflix show or drive one more hour on your 12-hour road trip! 

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Monet Moore

Written by Monet Moore