Yawning too much is just one thing that happens when you don’t get enough sleep. By not sleeping enough on a regular basis, you also increase the risk of health problems, inability to concentrate and even harming yourself and others.
Sleeping Promotes Good Health
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute(NIH). We don’t sleep just because it feels good. We sleep because doesgood. Sleep deprivation can:
- Increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes and stroke.
- Raise the risk of obesity.
- Impair normal growth in children and teens.
- Weaken the immune system.
- Harm thinking, reasoning and ability to stay awake when you need to.
Getting enough sleep, on the other hand, can:
- Repair the heart, blood vessels, cells and tissue.
- Maintain the right balances of hormones that regulate hunger.
- Fend off chronic disease and other health issues.
- Enhance normal growth in young people and improve muscle mass.
- Empower the immune system to better fight disease and infection.
Good Sleep Patterns Sharpen Thinking and Boost Well-Being
Sleeping well improves your ability to learn, remember and problem-solve, while sleep deprivation gets in the way of being able to concentrate, make good decisions and be creative. Sleep deprivation has been shown to modify brain function and has led to depression and suicide.
Sleep Deprivation Impairs Function and Safety
Lack of sleep can cause microsleep, brief moments of sleep while you’re actually awake, which you may not even be aware of. It can cause you to “blank out” and miss parts of what is going on around you, such as something you’re watching on television or a presentation you’re listening to.
More importantly, microsleep can impair driving ability. Studies estimate that driver sleepiness is a cause of about 100,000 accidents every year. In fact, it’s shown that shortage of sleep has as much or more impact on the ability to drive as being drunk does.
As stated by the NIH, lack of sleep has resulted in human errors that have been a factor in deadly accidents that include car accidents but also nuclear reactor meltdowns, aviation accidents and grounding of ships.
How to Improve Sleep
To ensure you get a good night’s sleep, experts recommend that you keep a regular sleep schedule and bedtime routine, and avoid alcohol, caffeine and electronic screens for several hours before you go to bed. If you continue to have trouble sleeping it’s important to talk to your doctor for more recommendations.