Sleep deprivation symptoms

Sleep deprivation symptoms:

Sleep deprivation poses with a wide range of symptoms, but before i list the sleep deprivation symptoms with sleep deprivation effects, lets me highlight the what sleep deprivation is and the major causes.

Loss of sleep is a common problem in our modern-day society, affecting many individuals at some point in their lives.

Sleep deprivationn is the condition of not having enough sleep. . It drains your mental abilities and puts your physical health at real risk.

Sleep deprivation can be caused intentionally by pushing it to be background to pursue things like educational goals, entertainment, business, etc.


Unintentionally because of work shift, job demands, societal demands, family obligations, etc.

Also sleep deprivation can also be caused by medical problems such as depression, obstructive sleep apnea, hormone imbalances, etc.

The main symptom of ongoing sleep loss is excessive daytime sleepiness, but other symptoms include:

Sleep deprivation symptoms

  • Yawning
  • Moodiness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depressed mood
  • Difficulty learning new concepts
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to concentrate or a “fuzzy” head
  • Lack of motivation
  • Clumsiness
  • Increased appetite and carbohydrate cravings
  • Increased risk of diabetes
  • Increased risk of fibromyalgia
  • Irritability
  • Nystagmus (rapid involuntary rhythmic eye movement)
  • Diminished sex drive (libido).
  • Aching muscles
  • Confusion, memory lapses or loss
  • Depression
  • Development of false memory
  • Hand tremor
  • Headaches
  • Malaise
  • Stye
  • Periorbital puffiness, commonly known as “bags under eyes” or eye bags
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased stress hormone levels
  • Obesity
  • Seizures
  • Temper tantrums in children
  • Mania
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Suicidal thoughts


Sleep deprivation effects

On the brain: Sleep deprivation leaves your brain exhausted, so it can’t perform its duties as well. You may also find it more difficult to concentrate or learn new things.

On your immune system: Sleep deprivation prevents your immune system from building up its forces. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body may not be able to fend off invaders.

Sleep Loss Impairs Judgment: Lack of sleep can affect our interpretation of events which concomitantly result to poor judgments.

On your respiratory system: Sleep deprivation leaves you more vulnerable to respiratory infections like the common cold and flu. Sleep deprivation can also make existing respiratory diseases worse, such as chronic lung illness.

On your reproductive system: Regular sleep disruptions can cause trouble conceiving by reducing the secretion of reproductive hormones. It also lowers your libido.

On digestive system: A lack of sleep can also contribute to weight gain by making you feel too tired to exercise. Sleep deprivation also prompts your body to release higher levels of insulin after you eat. Insulin controls your blood sugar level. Higher insulin levels promote fat storage which increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

On your cardiovascular system: People who don’t sleep enough are more likely to get cardiovascular disease.

On your digestive system: This interruption can also affect growth hormone production, especially in children and adolescents.

Occupational effect of sleep deprivation: Studies show that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and injuries on the job.

Sleep deprivation ages your skin: When you do not get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone (cortisol). In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.

On the healing process: Studies has shown that sleep deprivation affects wounds healing.

See 25 scary and surprising effects of sleep deprivation



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By Ubong Edet

A passionate Health and Safety professional with a good level of field experience and relevant certifications including NEBOSH, OSHA, ISO, etc certifications. An Health and Safety activist who believes in the growth and continual improvement of the profession. He is going all out to create awareness and safe precious lives.

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