Sleep Deprivation – Lack of Sleep Side Effects

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is running rampant in our fast paced society.

Sleep is essential for the body to remain healthy, but what is very interesting is the time you go to bed. Researchers say that each hour of rest before midnight is equivalent to two hours of sleep post midnight. Thus, it is important that your body gets sufficient rest for 6 to eight hours per day. Some people may need seven hours of rest, while some may require eight hours of rest. This is an individual requirement and you will know what your body needs the best.


Many people do not realize the serious implications of sleep deprivation.A study was conducted on rats to study the effects of insufficient rest. They were barred from sleeping and most of the rats died in ten days. Sleep deprivation slows down your body and can even cause hallucinations. A slowed system is the first sign of age and thus, people who have suffered from a chronic condition of sleeplessness for long tend to age quicker than those who get plenty of sleep.


Research indicates that a person who is 20% sleep-deprived has the mental perspicacity of a person who is legally intoxicated! According to ongoing studies, a typical American does not get enough rest.

Lack of sleep could have many harmful effects on your body. Sleep deprivation will affect your learning and memory power. Sleep helps the brain grasp new information and commit it to memory following a process called memory consolidation. Lack of sleep interrupts this process thus weakening the memory. A weak memory is a typical sign of a person getting old.

Unceasing sleep deficiency may result in weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and accumulate carbohydrates. In worst cases, it may even alter the levels of hormones thus changing our appetite. Sleep deprivation contributes to a greater predisposition of falling asleep during the daytime. These lapses may result in falls and mishaps and other accidents, like medical errors, etc.

An insufficient amount of sleep may result in mood swings characterized by impatience, irritability, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Cardiovascular health is seriously affected by a lack of sufficient rest. Hypertension and increased levels of stress are a fall out of chronic sleep loss. Sleep deprivation may result in weakening of the immune system. This changes the body’s ability to fight disease. It is an accepted fact that one can keep healthier and be more resistant to cancer by resting well at night.

Building new habits takes time – much more than the “accepted” 21 days. What is important is your desire and mindset to change the way you are sleeping. Set a goal to get 7 or 8 hours of sleep at night. This may mean cutting out the 10:00 pm or later newscasts or your favorite program. Just think of the way you will feel – in only a short time. And when you think of the numerous health benefits, and regaining your mental acuity and memory by tackling sleep deprivation – what are you waiting for?

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Three Life-Changing Fitness Results

I just read a great blog about a 50 year old man who has been running for 15 years and still runs frequently. He ran a half marathon a few weeks ago. Does he still have a struggle in his mind about “getting off the couch?”. You bet he does. Check it out here: Running Over 50

Even though he still has a mental battle, he gets out there and runs because he will FEEL better. This is #1 of our Life-Changing Results You FEEL Better, a LOT Better.

He doesn’t just “feel” better, his whole brain has been supplied with a generous supply of endorphins. These are chemicals that your body manufactures when you do strenuous exercise.  These chemicals block sensations of pain and produce overall feelings of euphoria. WOW! Talk about getting high! This is a definite antidote for mild depression and an “upper” when you’re feeling down.

Life Changing Result #2. More Energy – A LOT More Energy.

Have you noticed how so many people are constantly complaining about how tired and run-down they feel? It’s called no energy. I’ve heard it said that “energy is the currency of life.” When you have energy, you have life, and when you don’t have energy – well let’s just say you don’t get much done and you complain a lot.

A regular 3-times / week aerobic exercise program (combined with some basic healthy eating changes) will give you much more energy currency to be able to DO the things in life that you WANT TO DO. Beats collapsing on the couch every night.

Now we get to the most exciting part. Life-Changing Result #3. This one is simple. You will LIVE Longer – A LOT Longer! I can’t guarantee you this, but statistics tell the story. Stay active – keep exercising aerobically – eat healthy food – and you will add many years to your life.

This doesn’t mean much to a 25 year old. But it means EVERYTHING to a 50 or 60 or 70 year old man or woman.

So there you have it.  1) You will Feel a lot better  2) You will have tons of Energy to be able to stay off the couch and 3) Your chances of living to the century mark are vastly increased.

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