Many folks credit seeking success to lack of sleep. Check how they’re doing more damage to themselves than good.
Scroll through the timeline of any entrepreneur, business professional or just overall go-getter, and you’re quite likely to find references to “Team No Sleep”. This fictitious squad is apparently comprised of this who feel that in order to achieve at a high level, it’s necessary that one must lose copious amounts of sleep.
While chasing your dreams make take considerable effort and require some unpredictable work hours, trading in sleep in large doses is one of the worst things that can be done to your body.
Just like our bodies can’t live without water or food, we also can’t survive adequate without rest. However, while drinking and eating are voluntary actions, sleep is not. You simply cannot avoid it.
By depriving your body of quality sleep, you immediately set off a series of short-term effects to your health. If sleep deprivation continues, you also run the risk of facing some serious long-term concerns.
Let’s check out the effects that sleep deprivation may have on your heath.
When living on a deprivation of sleep, you’ll have a harder time remembering details, feel as loss of focus, and may suffer loss of brain tissue.
Loss of sleeps reduce your ability to focus and increases the likelihood you’ll become distracted throughout your day.
Mood Swings / Irritability
Sleep deprivation doesn’t only have an affect on you. When you’re craving the sleep you’ve been missing, your moods may fluctuate erratically, making you easily annoyed and irritated. This unstable behavior extends to the people around you as well, affecting your relationships with family, friends and colleagues.
During periods sleepless nights, you’re likely to feel hungrier than usual and you will generally crave high-fat, high-sugar and high-calorie foods.
You also might suffer from slower reaction times, hallucinations, or even psychosis.
Sleep deprivation can sap you of motivation almost immediately. As the process is drawn out, sleep deprivation often leads to limited mental stability and even depression.
Your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease goes up after stretches where you aren’t getting enough sleep.
Weakened Immune System
Your immune system is highly compromised when you’re exhausted, so you’re more likely to catch a cold.