The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body?

-Headaches -Stomach pain -Increase in irritability -Decreases in concentration and alertness -Impaired memory, both short term, and long term

-Increased risk of depression

-Reduction in general well-being.

-Increase in weight due to snacking and increased appetite.

-Poor coordination leads to an increased chance of getting injured.-A decrease in sex drive.

-Altitude sickness due to reduced blood flow.

-Change in body temperature regulation can lead to heatstroke or hypothermia depending on the environment that the person is exposed to. This is because without sleep our bodies cannot regulate our temperature as well as they should be able to do so when we are rested.

-Heart disease and higher blood pressure.

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Mind:

-Poor judgment -Reduces attention span and ability to focus -Impaired memory function (immediate, recent, and long term)

-Loss of creativity -Decrease in reaction time which can lead to an increased chance of accidents.

-It has been shown that sleep deprivation increases the risk of psychosis as it does with those who suffer from schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.

-Depression is linked with reduced sleep duration and quality. This could be because sleep deprivation alters activity within certain parts of our brains such as Serotonin levels, Brain Activity, and hypothalamus activation that may induce depressive symptoms such as irritability, sadness, and a loss of pleasure.

-Decreased brain activity can cause increased irritability, nervousness, and moodiness.

-Increased stress levels due to hormonal responses in the body when sleep deprived. These hormones are often produced in a greater amount when we are exposed to stressful conditions such as work or even lack of sleep itself.

-Changes in perception which has been shown to affect the visual system, including our eye’s ability to focus and see objects clearly when exposed to low light conditions. This is because these changes affect our circadian rhythm which controls certain bodily functions that can lead to ailments that include Glaucoma or Myopia (Nearsightedness). Another negative effect caused by this would be diplopia or ‘double vision’.

-Mania which is a representation of bipolar disorder, this symptom occurs when individuals are sleep deprived. During these manic episodes an individual may show increased arousal, rapid speech, decreased need for sleep, and has lots of ideas that they believe are great but have not been thought through. This could be because during these periods the brain’s neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) levels reduce due to lack of sleep which induces mania in those who suffer from bipolar disorder.

-Irritability especially if you are sleep deprived for long periods it affects your circadian rhythm which controls certain bodily functions that can lead to ailments such as Glaucoma or Myopia (Nearsightedness).

-Visual disturbances such as ‘double vision is a result of the changes in perception due to sleep deprivation.

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body and Mind (cont.): -There is also the risk that you may hallucinate, this has been reported in people who suffer from sleep paralysis or experience bouts of micro-sleep where they do not realize that their eyes have closed which results in brief episodes of sleep even though they are awake. This could be because during these periods the brain’s neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) levels reduce due to lack of sleep which induces hallucinations in those who suffer from mental illness.

-Ideas can be obsessive and can lead an individual to potentially make bad decisions that can affect themselves or others around them. This is because during sleep deprivation the brain’s neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) levels reduce which induces obsessive thoughts in those who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

-Tachycardia is an excessively rapid heartbeat, this symptom would occur if an individual is not getting enough sleep which results in increased heart rate or increased risk of heart disease.

-Lack of judgment will also harm our daily lives as it causes many problems including being unable to concentrate properly which can result in accidents due to poor work performance. This could be because they lack sleep reduces activity within certain parts of our brains such as Serotonin levels, Brain Activity, and hypothalamus activation which induces these problems in those who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

-Mood swings will hurt individuals it could result in breakdowns or outbursts of anger, this is because during sleep deprivation the brain’s neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) levels reduce which can induce these problems in those who suffer from Bipolar disorder.

-Inability to exercise properly due to lack of activity within certain parts of our brains such as Serotonin levels, Brain Activity, and hypothalamus activation that inhibits proper athletic performance. This could be because during sleep deprivation the brain’s neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) levels reduce which induces these problems in those who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

-Risk of infection or illness increases due to cells not being adequately repaired during sleep, this is because the lack of sleep reduces activity within certain parts of our brains which leads to an increased risk of infection in individuals suffering from Immune System Disorders such as HIV/AIDS.

-Unable to regulate body temperature properly especially if you are sleep deprived for long periods which can result in Hypothermia or hyperthermia, this could be because they lack of sleep reduces activity within certain parts of our brains such as Serotonin levels, Brain Activity, and hypothalamus activation which induces these problems in those who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body and Mind (cont.):

-Blood sugar levels can rise which can result in developing type 2 diabetes, this could be because they lack sleep reduces activity within certain parts of our brains such as Serotonin levels, Brain Activity, and hypothalamus activation which induces these problems in those who suffer from Diabetes.

-People who are sleep deprived have an increased risk of injury due to inappropriate response to pain stimuli or lack of judgment, this may affect their ability to drive and operate machinery and other equipment’s which leads to increased risks. It could also result in a loss of hearing or sight if not treated properly. This could be because during sleep deprivation the brain’s neurotransmitter GABA (ma Amino Butyric Acid) levels reduce which induces these problems in those who suffer from Neurological Disorders.

-Lack of motivation due to the inability to properly control Serotonin levels, Brain Activity, and hypothalamus activation that inhibits or prevents people’s ability to motivate themselves into activity. This could be because during sleep deprivation the brain’s neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) levels reduce which induces these problems in those who suffer from Depression Disorder.

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