[Trending Now] Lack Of Sleep? These Are The 10 Dangerous Side Effects That You MUST KNOW!

Most people, particularly college students and call center agents, usually brag that they are sleeping lesser than the required eight hou...

Most people, particularly college students and call center agents, usually brag that they are sleeping lesser than the required eight hours. Little did they know that although espresso shots and four cans of energy drink might benefit them in doing their work at 4 in the morning with 2 hours of sleep, in the long term run, their body will eventually suffer. 

The body requires seven to eight hours of sleep in order to rest properly and make it function on the next day. Lack of sleep might affect your memory, health, looks, and even your sex life and your goal of losing weight!

Here are the ten dangerous side effects of not having a proper sleep:

1) Accidents
Did you know that sleep deprivation was a factor in some of the biggest disasters in recent history: the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, and others. Yes! All because of being sleep deprived!

Drowsiness can reduce reaction time as much as driving drunk. Studies show that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and injuries on the job. In one study, workers who complained about excessive daytime sleepiness had significantly more work accidents, particularly repeated work accidents. They also had more sick days per accident.

2) It makes you dumber
Aiming for a higher grade? You should get a lot of sleep!

Sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways. First, it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently.

3) Health problems
Heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes.

These are just some of the diseases a sleep-deprived person can get if they continue damaging their body by not getting enough sleep. According to some estimates, 90% of people with insomnia -- a sleep disorder characterized by trouble falling and staying asleep -- also have another health condition.

4) Kills sex drive
Do you want some sexy time but you always yawn while removing your clothes?

Sleep specialists say that sleep-deprived men and women report lower libidos and less interest in sex. Depleted energy, sleepiness, and increased tension may be largely to blame.

5) Depression
Over time, lack of sleep and sleep disorders can contribute to the symptoms of depression. In a 2005 Sleep in America poll, people who were diagnosed with depression or anxiety were more likely to sleep less than six hours at night.




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