Sleep deprivation is a common concern among adults and long term can be harmful to your health and wellbeing. Below we have listed some of the common signs of sleep deprivation. If you think that you may be sleep deprived, please contact your doctor who can help you to create a plan to address it.
Lack of concentration and memorising ability can indicate that you are affected by sleep deprivation. When you are sleeping, your brain forms connections, which can help process, trace, and track new information. Problem-solving skills and concentration will be reduced when you don't have enough sleep.
Weakened immune system
When we sleep our body replaces any old and damaged cells with new ones. During sleep, your body will produce white blood cells, which improves your immune system significantly. Too little sleep may weaken your immune system, which can have lasting effects and make you more susceptible to diseases, such as colds and flu.
Uncomfortable or unusual feeling in your heart
Lack of sleep will cause your heart to work extra hard and will increase the blood pressure in your body. Lack of sleep will also increase the production of unwanted chemicals in your body. An excessive amount of those chemicals and high blood pressure can reduce the overall function of your heart.
Unstable mood changes
Lack of sleep can make you feel emotional, moody, and quick-tempered. When this situation is left untreated, it can lead to depression and other mental health issues. An unstable mood can have a snowball effect that compromises relationships with loved ones and leads to more stress.
Lack of sleep will cause the hormones that control your appetite to become imbalanced and make you feel hungry more often. Many people who have trouble getting to sleep also tend to eat more unhealthy, high-carb snacks or meals than those who have enough sleep, thus resulting in weight gain.