Inadequate rest has both short and long-term consequences.
In the short term, not getting enough rest can influence judgment, state of mind, capacity to learn and hold knowledge, and may impact the risk of serious accidents and injury. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a large amount of health issues including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Lack of sleep slows your metabolism and expands your appetite. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to obesity if not treated rapidly enough.
When you’re tired, your emotions change, which can be normal. But if you’re chronically tired, you may have a more serious condition. If you feel like you may have insomnia or depression, see a psychiatrist who’s also a sleep specialist — so you can get the assistance you need.
Less than six hours of sleep per night impacts the genes that regulate anxiety and stress, according to a study from the University of Surrey in Guildford, England in February 2013. Try your best to de-stress before bed so you can fall asleep faster.
Change in your appearance
Absence of rest can make your skin dehydrated or dried out — and could bring about swollen, or dark circles under the eyes. Ensure that you drink lots of water, and possibly try a cup of chamomile tea an hour before you go to sleep. The tea is herbal and doesn’t contain caffeine, so it hydrates you and relaxes you. Apply facial lotion and eye cream, which will also prevent your skin from drying out.
Sleep deprivation influences your capacity to learn and remember new knowledge. Try going to bed at the same time every night, and waking up at the same time every morning — yes, even on weekends. You can still have your cup of coffee in the morning, too.
Higher risk of sickness
If you’re sleep deprived, you’re more likely to get sick. Your immunity lowers while your susceptibility to illness increases and your body produces fewer antibodies in response to lack of sleep.
The majority of us need around eight hours of quality sleep a night to function properly — some may require more and some may require less. Strive for eight hours of un-interrupted sleep, if you wake up tired and want to go back to sleep, you may still not be getting enough sleep.
If you have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, consult your local physician or psychiatrist.