4 Things That Happen to Your Body When You’re Sleep Deprived

Written by Allison Bordewick on

It's no secret that here at miniCPAP, we're advocates for sleep and the benefits of being well-rested. After reading an article by Buzzfeed about the goofy things new moms did while sleep-deprived, it inspired us to make our own list, except ours is a list of the things that happen to your body while you're sleep-deprived. Read on and use this as a nudge to get to bed earlier tonight.

  1. You're at Risk for Serious Health Conditions
    Whether you know it or not, when you're not getting enough sleep you're putting yourself at risk for a whole host of other ailments, such as heart problems (heart disease, failure and attack, irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.1 Inflammatory markers in the bloodstream could also become elevated, leading to cardiovascular disease.2

  2. Your Skin Ages Faster
    Ever heard of cortisol? It is the stress hormone that breaks down your skin's collagen (the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic3) and according to WebMD, can lead to "lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes."4Want to stay younger-looking, longer? Be sure to make sleep a priority as you age.

  3. You're More Likely to Gain Weight
    Not only does a lack in sleep lead to an increase in hunger and appetite, it also alters the foods you typically reach for when you're rummaging through your refrigerator for a midnight snack. Another weight-related side effect of not getting enough sleep is that you're more likely to dish up bigger portions.5 Together, these side-effects can lead to weight gain, and even obesity.

  4. You Become More Susceptible to Illness
    When you're over tired, your body has a harder time fighting off illnesses, making it easier to get sick. It's a vicious cycle: you don't get enough sleep, you get sick, and then while you're trying to recover, you lose more sleep and become even sicker.6 Your risk of breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer also increase with a lack of sleep. Your best bet to help fight off unwanted illnesses, is to be as rested as possible.

Now that you've gotten a basic rundown of what happens in your body when you're sleep-deprived, do you feel more inclined to hop into bed earlier tonight? Remember, if you suffer from sleep apnea, the Transcend® miniCPAP can help you breathe well (and get the rest you need) at home and while on-the-go. Not only is sleep important for your mind, it is important to your body too.

1Peri, Camille. "10 Surprising Effects of Lack of Sleep." WebMD. WebMD, 13 Feb. 2014. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
2Theobald, Mikel. "What Happens When You Don't Sleep for Days." EverydayHealth.com. Everyday Health Media, LLC, 22 Feb. 2016. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
3Peri, Camille. "10 Surprising Effects of Lack of Sleep." WebMD. WebMD, 13 Feb. 2014. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
4Peri, Camille. "10 Surprising Effects of Lack of Sleep." WebMD. WebMD, 13 Feb. 2014. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
5Schocker, Laura. "Here's A Horrifying Picture Of What Sleep Loss Will Do To You." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 8 Jan. 2014. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
6Marcin, Ashley. "10 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Lose Sleep." Healthline. Ed. Natalie Butler. Healthline Media, 10 June 2015. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.

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