Losing sleep negatively impacts all aspects of your health. After a night of not-much-sleep, you often feel fatigued and have trouble focusing. But it’s not just your brain that can’t function from sleep deprivation. Your entire body is taking a toll from the sleepless night, too. Learn how sleep deprivation affects the body and how to improve sleep for optimal performance.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, we need to sleep for processing and restoration of our mind and body. While we sleep, our bodies are storing memories, rejuvenating our strength, and tackling other tasks our minds and bodies can’t do while we’re awake.
While lack of sleep certainly impacts awareness, it also impacts your skin. Lack of sleep causes the body to release more of cortisol, the stress hormone, which can break down skin collagen. the protein keeping your skin smooth.
You’ve probably heard that lack of sleep is also linked to weight gain. Experts say that sleep deprivation increases appetite. One study found that sleep deprived people were more likely to choose high-calorie foods, like potato chips and chocolate, instead of healthy foods. Sleep deprived participants in the study added up to 600 calories more to their diet.
Studies also show that long-term sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. And, it can lead to death. Sleep deprivation increases your chances of death, by all causes, by 15 percent, according to a study by Harvard Medical School.
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