What Happens With One Night of Sleep Loss?

Skimping on sleep for an all-nighter project, a raving party or for some reason necessary affects us more than we know. The recommended sleep for adults is between seven and nine. However, the Centers for Disease Control noted that about 30% of people get less than six hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation affects our appearance, immune system, and brain functions.

When you miss your sleep, you're depriving your body of its chance to heal and restore lost energy. 

Effects of Sleep Deprivation

  1. Puffy eyes
    Your appearance is the first thing you get noticed when you lose or get little sleep. This is because of your puffy eyes and pasty complexion. When you miss your beauty rest, fluid accumulates below your eyes leading to circles and swelling.

  2. Wrinkled, loose skin
    Those with too little sleep had more fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin color, and marked looseness of the skin.

  3. Weight gain
    A study conducted in 21,469 adults showed people who slept less than 5 hours were more likely to gain weight and eventually become obese. Lack of sleep leaves you craving that is difficult to control.

  4. Weak immune system
    Skimping on sleep makes it hard for the body to produce a protein that targets infection and inflammation leaving you susceptible to colds and flu.

  5. Unable to concentrate
    Our brain’s functions are affected whenever we don’t get enough sleep. Prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to major cognitive issues as it affects our memory, logical and problem-solving abilities.

  6. Reduced sex drive
    Sleeping for less than 5 hours reduces sex hormone levels by as much as 10 to 15 percent. Men and women’s mood and vigor also decline when sleep deprived. 

  7. Increased risks to heart disease and diabetes
    According to the European Heart Journal, heart disease and diabetes development are increased with less sleep. Seven to eight hours is the optimal range to avoid insulin issues that lead to diabetes.

Making up for lost sleep with 30-minute naps is also a good strategy to help decrease the negative effects of sleep deprivation. But now, more than ever, practicing good sleeping habits and getting to bed on time goes a long way in helping our body get the rest it deserves. Sleeping is no longer just a beauty rest. It’s our mind and body’s holy grail to recuperate.





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