What happens when you do not get the adequate amount of sleep? In other words, how does your body react to when deprived of an essential requirement for a well-balanced health?  We have listed out some of the common elements other than a grumpy morning and a “who touched my coffee?” tantrums.

Functions of sleep is a study of decades and scientists still work on experiments on methods of disrupting sleep to identify the consequences. NanoNap and our team of experts constantly work towards feasible and advanced ways to get you the sleep that is needed. Most of the adults tend to cut down on the sleep. It could be a night out, or you pulled an all-nighter to finish up an urgent project, the result is lack of sleep. We all have heard it that an adult performs better in daily life when she/he gets hold of at least seven hours of sleep.

However, we also know that we do not and sometimes cannot make this a habit and as stated by Dr. David Dinges and his colleagues, people whose daily sleep duration is inadequate, or repeatedly disrupted (e.g., by obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, pain or stress, or shift work or jet lag), often are not aware of their accumulating sleep deficits or the toll that these deficits can take on their waking cognitive functions, including their performance, working memory, cognitive speed, and accuracy. So, what happens when you do not get an adequate amount of sleep? In other words, how does your body react to when deprived of one of the essential requirements for well-balanced health?  We have listed out some of the common elements other than a grumpy morning and a “who touched my coffee?” tantrums.

Hello Dark Circles, my old friend

Early mornings and late nights can result in puffy eyes and a pasty complexion. This happens because lack of sleep tends to cause the blood vessels under the thin skin of the eyes to dilate and thereupon create a dark tint. When lack of sleep leads to tiredness, under your eyes can appear puffy and this is what is commonly known as eye bags.

Not only that but your skin can suffer when sleep-deprived and can end up with fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin colour.

Less Sex

Not getting enough sleep could reduce your sex drive. Fatigue is a big factor when it comes to being in the mood for sex. In the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll, about a third of women say they put sexual activity with their partner on the back burner when they are sleep deprived. If you need to boost your sex life, you might want to first spend more time in bed, sleeping.

Weight gain

Sleeping too little prompts changes in the way your body interprets hunger signals, leaving you with cravings that can be hard to control or making you eat bigger portions. A group led by Dr. Erin Hanlon and Eve Van Cauter at the University of Chicago noticed that sleep deprivation has effects in the body similar to activation of the endocannabinoid (eCB) system, a key player in the brain’s regulation of appetite and energy levels.

Sleep & Significant Weight Gain Risk.

According to Clinicvue Health, sleeping 5 or fewer hours per night was associated with a significant risk of massive weight gain. Nurses who slept 5 hours a night had an approximately 30% higher risk of gaining at least 33 pounds over the course of the study

Not on track

Did you know you are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident because you get 6 or fewer hours of sleep each night? According to the National Sleep Foundation, The most vulnerable for this circumstance are shift workers, commercial drivers, business travellers, and anyone else working long or odd hours.

Illustration by Barbara Aulicino, from American Scientist

The fatigue risk associated with a long haul flight varies depending on the alertness profile of the pilot (top panel) and the workload demands of the flight (bottom). The takeoff and landing phase of flight demand the highest levels of pilot alertness. While high workload during a daytime flight is supported by high alertness levels, a nighttime flight with similar workload demands corresponds to the lowest alertness state of the human body, significantly reducing the safety margin.

Have you ever noticed a typo in your work presentation, even if you a perfectionist? Chances are you are missing a good night’s sleep because it can increase the likelihood to feel forgetful or experience slow reaction times, which can result in little mistakes. Researchers suggest we need proper rest to lock in new information and commit it to memory and it is difficult to do so without an adequate amount of sleep.

Can’t think straight

You might think you can miss one night of sleep and still catch up, but the truth is, this can have a significant impact on your cognition. According to a study published by Experimental Brain Research, the participants were asked to completed tasks following a full night’s sleep and skipping a night of sleep showed a drastic change in terms of brain functions such as memory, decision-making, reasoning, and problem-solving.

According to Ken Berger, as cited by Matthew Walker, National Basketball Association (NBA) player Andre Iguodala’s performance had a significant difference when he’s been sleeping more than eight hours a night, relative to less than eight hours a night.

If you continue to have little sleep, it can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and stroke.  The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to strive to practice good sleep habits, including getting to bed on time. Here is a little tip to try out while you await NanoNap service to be available soon: starting on a weekend, try to add on an extra hour or 2 of sleep a night. The way to do this is to go to bed when you are tired and allow your body to wake you in the morning (no alarm clocks allowed!). Avoid quick remedies like caffeine or energy drinks.




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