Health Risks Of Sleep Deprivation

Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Effects of Sleep Deprivation The days when we used to get eight to ten hours of perfect sleep are history now! Forget about eight hours of sleep, many of us do not even manage to catch a nap during days of pressure at work.

Long working hours, deadlines, financial burden, personal and professional problems, the list is endless that creates sleepless nights that finally take a toll on our body.



Sleep deprivation does indeed cause a number of health as well as beauty related problems in men and women. Combating these problems mean that you need at least six hours, (let’s face it, we do not have eight hours to spare!) of uninterrupted sleep for our brains to function well.

Mental Health and Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation has serious repercussions on mental health. A person who does not get proper sleep or is a victim of insomnia cannot think, act or perform properly. They will be lethargic or hyperactive when they are required to be active and energetic. They will lack the ability to concentrate, leading to poor performance.



Sleep deprivation leads to memory loss which can be severe or mild.  Due to the tiredness and general confusion, people who are sleep deprived turn very irritable and difficult to deal with. They will also be slow to react, have hallucinations and tremors. They will easily crack under pressure as they lack the energy and vigour to produce results. If you have any of these symptoms, you are definitely sleep deprived.

Getting at least six hours of sleep is a great necessity, especially in this stressful world where you have to deal with stress on a day to day basis. There are many pharmaceutical as well as non pharmaceutical treatment methods in order to combat sleep deprivation.

Physical health and Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation causes greater damage to physical health than mental health. Coupled with a hectic, stressful and sedentary lifestyle, the danger is more enhanced. Today a great percentage of population is addicted to alcohol and smoking which are causative factors in lack of sleep.



Stress, tension, anxiety and insomnia too contribute to lack of sleep. Physical symptoms include falling asleep in the mornings, droop eyes, reduced energy and tremors. A feeling of light headedness, headaches and inability to socialize are all physical symptoms. Sleep deprivation can lead to obesity which is a long term effect. Sever cases of sleep deprivation can lead to an opposite effect of losing weight.

Severe sleep deprivation can lead to heart problems, hypertension, stroke and general reduction in immunity.

Beauty and Sleep Deprivation

Beauty is of great importance to us. But for maintaining your beauty, a regular visit to the parlor is just not enough. You need to make sure that your beauty sleep is in place. Lack of sleep can immediately affect your skin. The first ever symptom to appear on your skin is dark circles under the eyes.


The increased acidity levels due to lack of sleep will lead to pimples and acne and also aggravate skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Lack of sleep again leads to puffiness under the eyes and redness and irritation in the eyes. Another great after effect of sleep deprivation is loss of hair. Severe hair loss and lack of lustre in hair and skin too are results of sleep deprivation.

Many of these beauty problems can be set straight with eight hours of proper sleep.  Drinking lots of water and eating food rich in anti oxidants that remove free radicals from the body will reduce these symptoms. Fruits and vegetable should be added in your daily diet. Taking nutritional supplements too help.

Vitamin B1, 6 and 12 along with cod liver capsules and Vitamins E, C and A can keep you feeling beautiful in and out. For keeping your eyes from dryness and redness due to excessive computer usage, you must ensure that you do blink frequently and also do some eye exercises like rolling your eyes in a circle.

Tips to combat sleep deprivation

Most sleep deprivation problems can be removed by ensuring six to eight hours of sleep. Severe cases of sleep deprivation require proper therapy sessions with a psychiatrist. You can use the techniques of cognitive therapy, sleep restriction therapy and stimulus control therapy as treatment options for sleep deprivation. These psychiatric methods train your mind and body to follow certain methods of calming your mind and leaving your trials and tribulations behind while going to sleep.

For getting sound sleep, practicing certain strict rules will help. Keeping regular hours for sleeping and waking up will programme your mind and body to sleep well. Four to six before sleeping, make sure that you do not drink coffee or other caffeinated drinks.  Caffeine removes sleep from your system.

Smoking too must be avoided during bedtime as it can stimulate your brain and remove sleep. Dinner must be had at least 4 hours before sleep. This will ensure that you do not have digestion problems while asleep. Exercising is a great way to get sound sleep.

The ambiance of the room where you sleep too plays a great role in getting proper sleep. Noise levels, lighting arrangements, temperature, everything should be optimal and conducive to a good sleep. Over stimulating activities before sleep like playing games in the computer, watching movies etc. must be avoided before sleep.

Keeping late sleep timings too are not advisable if you have problems falling asleep. An activity that calms your mind like meditation, prayer or singing your kids to sleep or reading a bed time story before they sleep are ways by which you can ready your mind and body to get a good night’s sleep.

When you are at sleep, it is also important that you do not get disturbed. Make sure that there are no alarms or noises to wake you up. If at all you are in need of using an alarm clock, try to keep the volume low and avoid shrilly alarms that can give you a start from your peaceful and relaxed sleep.

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