Different ways not sleeping can affect your health

Are you not sleeping enough either intentionally or unintentionally? You could be doing a great disservice to your body. Here is how:

1. Memory loss

When you don’t sleep, your short and long term memory gets compromised.

According to healthline, there are various connections formed during one’s sleep that helps in processing new information and remembering things.

2. Makes you moody

Not sleeping makes you cranky, emotional and quick-tempered. The long-term effects of being moody is anxiety or depression.

3. Weak immunity

Lack of enough sleep also makes you more vulnerable to viruses such as the common cold.

4. You risk getting diabetes

Not sleeping affects the release of insulin in your body. As a result, you are likely to have high blood sugar levels which makes you prone to type 2 diabetes.

5. Risk of high blood pressure

If you don’t get a minimum of five hours of sleep, your blood pressure is likely to spike.

6. Risk of heart diseases

Not sleeping enough spikes your blood pressure and production of chemicals that can cause inflammation. Blood pressure and inflammation can cause one to get a heart disease.

7. Low sex drive

Research has proven that not having enough sleep can reduce one’s libido. In men, it is caused by a drop in testosterone levels.

8. Lack of focus

When you are not well-rested, your concentration, decision-making, and creativity skills are affected.

9. Compromises your balance

When you are not well-rested, your balance and coordination is poor. Therefore one is more prone to falling and accidents.

10. Weight gain

Not sleeping enough reduces the production of chemicals that signal the brain that you are full. So one acquires a tendency to overeat.

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