What happens if we don’t get enough sleep
Sleep is vital for healthy physical, mental health, and emotional processing. When we go without sleep or don’t have enough sleep, our bodies struggle to meet their full potential and, as a consequence, we can expect impairments the next day such as; physical and mental performance.
What happens to the body if you don’t get enough sleep?
Lack of sleep has the potential to cause imbalances in hormone activity. HGH (Human Growth Hormone), for example, peaks during sleep meaning that insufficient sleep may affect growth and cell repair throughout the body.
READ THIS MY FRIEND!!! Your metabolism may be affected as well. Studies in which healthy individuals have been sleep-restricted have shown that there are alterations to hormones involved in the regulation of appetite and an accompanying increase in seeking out food, as well as glucose metabolism.
What happens in the brain when you don’t sleep?
Normal functioning is likely to be hindered by loss of sleep.
- reduced energy levels with bursts of euphoria
- unstable moods
- excessive sleepiness during the day
- lapses in focus
- possible hallucination
- before individuals fall into short episodes of sleep, also known as ‘microsleeps’. These episodes are a known contributing factor to traffic accidents with drowsy drivers falling asleep at the wheel (Boyle et al. 2008).
NOT SLEEPING MAY HAVE NEGATIVE, LONG-TERM EFFECTS: c
- notably cardiovascular disease
- …. certain types of cancers.
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