Poor sleep is a killer and no we’re not being dramatic! Indeed, lack of sleep is responsible for a number of car accidents every year. In fact, the road safety charity, Brake, estimate that between 10 -20 % accidents are caused by driver fatigue. That’s a frightening statistic. It certainly brings a whole new meaning to the popular saying ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’. However, poor sleep has multiple negative effects and range from weight gain to lack of concentration. So, what are the possible consequences of poor sleep? Here we will discuss what could happen if you don’t catch those all-important ZZZ’S.
Poor sleep can affect your immune system and make you more susceptible to viruses such as the common cold. What’s more, poor sleep can also affect how quickly you recover from such illnesses. During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cykotines. Indeed, certain cykotines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation. Furthermore, poor sleep effects the bodies ability to manufacturer antibodies which are crucial for fighting off illnesses.
If you’re fighting the battle of the bulge but the scales are shifting, then lack of sleep may be to blame. Indeed, sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise when it comes to losing weight. Part of the reason that sleep is so important is that it effects your ability to make healthy choices. For example, if you’re suffering from poor sleep then you may be more likely to skip the gym or eat calorific food. What’s more, poor sleep affects hormones that effect appetite making lack of sleep a double edged sword.
Poor sleep has a direct impact on mental health. There is a clear relationship between sleep deprivation and emotion. If you are suffering from poor sleep then you are much more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. If you are struggling with mental health conditions, we always recommend seeing a registered professional.
Sleep deprivation puts you at a much high risk of several health conditions. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and stroke. Yep, sleep deprivation is no laughing matter. Unfortunately, people frequently underestimate the importance of quality sleep. However, sleep is one of the pillars of good health and should be taken very seriously indeed.