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How Much is Lack of Sleep Damaging Your Mental Health?

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Drowsy driving is believed to be as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving caused 800 auto accident related deaths in 2013, as well as roughly 72,000 crashes and 44,000 injuries. Unfortunately, these numbers are generally underestimated. If sleep deprivation can result in this kind of tragedy while driving, imagine the dramatic effect lack of sleep can have on your mental health.

Lack of Sleep Effects

Sleep helps every part of your body recover and repair, including your brain. The human body must have a daily sleep period, dependent on age and activity level, in order to function properly, both voluntarily and involuntarily.

It is pretty easy to figure out that sleeplessness can leave us feeling groggy and ill, but sleep deprivation can also "intensify neural and autonomic responses to increasingly negative stimuli." This leads to that snowball effect of less and less sleep and more and more damage consequences.

Physical Effects

Some common physical effects that may surface due to lack of sleep include: Weight gain/fat storage/obesity Lowered immune system Irregular heartbeat/blood pressure Difficulty regulating blood sugars Retention of water/inflammation

Mental Health Effects

Lack of sleep can make one feel like they are in a fog, much like the effect of drugs or alcohol. The lack of sleep effects on mental health can manifest as:

  • Reduced focus
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Clumsiness
  • Reduced comprehension
  • Inability to learn new things in the short term

It is Time for Restorative Sleep

There are 5 stages to restorative sleep, and you must fully engage and complete each stage to attain restorative sleep. The brain recovers and your muscles rebuild and relax. If you are not getting quality sleep, your body and mind can start to deteriorate and retaliate. Contact Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital today to complete an assessment and get the admissions process started as needed.