Think Sleep Deprivation is No Big Deal? Reasons Why You Should Think Again!

It’s another morning you wake up after far too few hours of sleep. While you might think you can catch up on this lack of sleep this weekend, unfortunately your body doesn’t really work that way. I’m sure you’ve all heard that sleep deprivation can be detrimental to your lifestyle, have you ever really heard how it can be detrimental? Well today, you’re about to find out why getting enough sleep on that green mattress can be the best thing you do for yourself all week. It can lead to a longer, happier and more fulfilling life in the long run, and who doesn’t want that?

Check out the graph above for a snapshot of what lack of sleep can do if left untreated. While these are extreme cases, they are still cases none the less. Let’s take a look at some more practical results of sleep deprivation, as cited by BusinessInsider.

Not Tonight, Honey
Studies indicate that sleep deprivation is linked with lower libido and less interest in sex in both men and women. Sometimes to spice things up you need to start by resting.

Skip That Extra Redbull
33% of those who drink 4 or more caffeinated beverages daily are designated at risk for sleep apnea – a disorder in which breathing is interrupted briefly and repeatedly, chronic snoring can be an indicator.

New Diet: Sleep More!
The less you sleep, the more your genes contribute to how much you weigh. The more you sleep, the less your genes determine how much you weigh, and the more control you can have over your weight. Lack of sleep can raise the sensation of hunger by 25 percent. Sleep more and you can eat more or burn more calories.

Don’t Operate Heavy Machinery…
One in five commercial pilots (20%) admit to having made a serious error while flying and one in six train operators (18%) and truck drivers (14%) say they have had a “near miss” due to sleepiness. In a CDC survey, 37.9% of respondents reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the month prior, and 4.7% percent of respondents reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the month prior.

Sleep Longer, Live Longer
Studies show that regularly sleeping too little (6 hours and less) OR regularly sleeping too much (more than 9 hours) is associated with shorter lifespan! 7-8 hours is the ideal.

Sleep Smarter
Sleeping directly after learning something new will improve your ability to remember it effectively.

Prevent Catastrophic Human Error
The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, the Challenger space shuttle disaster and the Chernobyl nuclear accident have all been attributed to human errors in which sleep-deprivation played a role. In a recent study of orthopedic surgical residents, they were fatigued 48% of the time and impaired 27% of the time. The study found that resident fatigue may increase the risk of medical error by 22% overall compared with historical cases.

Think we missed any consequences of sleep deprivation? Let us know! Don’t let sleep deprivation lead you down one of these paths!

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    Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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