Insomnia Side Effects: The Hazards Of Sleep Deprivation


Insomnia and sleep deprivation are quickly becoming a major problem for many people. After all, it’s a fast-paced world and more and more people are deliberately trying to sleep less in order to get more done during the day. But, you have to wonder if that’s really helpful in the long run considering the potentially dangerous insomnia side effects you might experience in the process.

Whether you have trouble sleeping (insomnia) or you intentionally don’t sleep enough, you are going to encounter problems either way. Let’s take a look at a few of the side effects you could have as a result of insomnia or other sleeping problems…

Trouble Getting Started And Concentrating

Have you ever noticed that, if you get up too early in the morning, it takes you a couple hours to really feel fully alert afterwards? There’s a good reason for that. Your body needs rest. If it doesn’t get that rest, it’s not going to perform at it’s best.

These types of performance problems can be both mental and physical. For instance, if you didn’t get a good night’s sleep, you might be more accident prone throughout the day. That clumsiness can be due, in large part, to lack of sleep. You may also have trouble making decisions or calculating numbers throughout the day.

Now, imagine if this went on for days, weeks or even months. Over time, the side effects, as far as concentration levels especially, will get worse. If your reaction times are down then you aren’t going to be productive at anything you do. Not only that, but you could be dangerous. Driving, for example, when you haven’t slept well can be as dangerous to you and to those around you, in some cases, as driving drunk.

Sick, Tired And No Fun To Be Around

As if those problems weren’t enough, there are even more troubles that could result from sleep deprivation. You could have mood swings. You could also have nausea. Neither one is going to make your daily routine any easier, that’s for sure.

If you allow your insomnia to really take over and become chronic, things could get even worse. You could have hallucinations, for one thing. You might also become forgetful or start remembering things around you inaccurately. In other words, your brain could make up false memories of events. You could also have trouble speaking clearly and be unable to see properly.

Lack of sleep can even affect your physical well being. Your immune system will suffer, so you’ll be more likely to get sick. You’ll also start to lose muscle mass and control. You could also find yourself gaining excessive amounts of weight.

Yes, it is possible to train yourself to sleep less. However, whether you’re sleeping less on purpose or just have trouble sleeping at night, the result is the same. Sleeping less is not the same as needing less sleep. Your body needs sleep in order to heal itself and rest itself. It isn’t going to allow you to keep up with your daily busy schedule without that much-needed rest.

So, is sleep deprivation worth it in order to get more done in a day? Definitely not! Related insomnia side effects will only ensure that your day is less productive and, in the long run, a potential threat to your health and well-being.

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October 2, 2009

amy eifel
4:39 pm #

I have had extreme insomnia for the past 8 months. I would welcome any suggestions. Thank you.

October 3, 2009

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