The Effects of Sleep Deprivation

It is esti­mated that 50 – 70 mil­lion Amer­i­cans suf­fer from a sleep or wake­ful­ness dis­or­der. These dis­or­ders cost U.S. employ­ers $18 bil­lion every year. The causes of sleep depri­va­tion are many, but they lead to the same kind ero­sion in your qual­ity of life. Effects of sleep depri­va­tion can include:

  • Irri­tabil­ity
  • Cog­ni­tive Impairment
  • Mem­ory Lapses or Loss
  • Impaired Moral Judgment
  • Severe Yawn­ing
  • Hal­lu­ci­na­tions
  • Symp­toms sim­i­lar to ADHD
  • Impaired Immune System
  • Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Increased Heart Rate Variability
  • Risk of Heart Disease
  • Increased Reac­tion Time
  • Decreased Accu­racy
  • Tremors and Aches
  • Growth Sup­pres­sion

Any of these symp­toms can develop into more seri­ous con­di­tions if left untreated. They can also lead to cat­a­strophic events like traf­fic col­li­sions and work acci­dents. If you are suf­fer­ing from any of these symp­toms, seek treat­ment as soon as possible.