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Effects Of Sleep Deprivation By Pooja Makhija

Pooja Makhija tells us why sleep deprivation is not a healthy habit.
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We all know the importance of sleeping. However, we still abuse the super important and essential aspect of well being. Sleep deprivation does far more harm than to just make you grumpy.

Celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija says that “Slept 6 hours or less last night? Well, what if I told you that you could be considered impaired on the legally drunk scale.”

“A shocking revelation by a study has shown that sleep deprivation is almost equivalent to the effects of alcohol in our body. Researchers have found that if you are 18 hours without sleep which means you have slept only about 6 hours, your blood volume concentration of alcohol is equivalent to 0.05 which in lay language means that a person of my size has had about half a litre of beer. This depends on the gender as well as the weight of the person,” she adds.

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The long term effects of sleep deprivation are real and shouldn’t be avoided. Pooja Makhija tells us some of the effects of sleep deprivation. Read on to know more.

Impacts Short And Long Term Memory

Sleep deprivation directly affects your brain. Poor quality of sleep or less sleep in adults causes memories to stay stuck in the hippocampus and not reach the prefrontal cortex. This ultimately results in forgetfulness and difficulty remembering names. Thus, impacting short and long term memory.

Trouble Thinking And Concentrating

Some researchers have found that sleep deprivation leads to lower alertness and concentration. It is more difficult to focus and pay attention. Therefore, you are easily confused. This affects your ability to perform tasks that require logical reasoning or complex thought. Therefore,lack of sleep affects your concentration level and you have trouble thinking.


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Sleep deprivation can affect your mood significantly. It can make you irritated, angry and may even lower your ability to cope up with stress. Sleep and mood affect each other. It isn’t uncommon for people who don’t get enough sleep to be depressed or for people who are depressed to not sleep well enough.

Increased Risk Of Accidents

It has been found in a study that people who sleep for six hours or less are 33% more likely to have an accident on the road as compared to people who sleep for seven or eight hours of sleep. Driving while sleep deprived has the same or worst affect as driving while under the influence of alcohol.

High Blood Pressure

It is thought that sleep helps your body control hormones which are needed to regulate stress and metabolism. Lack of sleep leads to swings in hormones which eventually results in high blood pressure.

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Due to sleep deprivation, less insulin is released in the body after you eat. Instead, your body secrets more stress hormones which helps you to stay awake. Thus, too much glucose stays in your bloodstream which increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Heart Diseases

Sleep deprivation affects your health in a number of ways. It also affects your heart health. Lack of sleep leads to heart diseases which in turn causes harm to the other aspects of your health.

Weakened Immunity

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Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep or quality sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus. Sleep deprivation also affects your ability to recover when you are sick. As we are in the middle of a pandemic, it is especially to important to keep our immunity strong. Thus, we should get enough sleep.

Low Sex Drive

A study has shown that lack of sleep kills libido. It is found out that sleep deprivation was associated with erectile dysfunction in men and arousal problems & orgasm difficulty in women.

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Weight Gain

Leptin is a hormone present in our body that tells us to stop eating. However, when you are sleep deprived, you have less leptin which means that you are eating more. In addition to this, your metabolism is slower when you are sleep deprived. Thus, it leads to weight gain.

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