Here’s an article from Huffington Post on yet more problems we encounter when we skimp on sleep. I think we probably all know about the dark rings under your eyes that come from too little sleep, and the foggy brain that goes with it – but here are a few other problems that lack of sleep can cause!!
We’re all familiar with the foggy, groggy, irritable feeling that follows a night of poor or inadequate sleep. But the effects of too little shuteye can reach far beyond just feeling out of it or tired.
More and more, research is showing that lack of sleep can wreak havoc on nearly every part of your body. And often, it doesn’t take long nearly as long as you think. Here, the surprising ways how sleep deprivation affects every part of you over the course of one night–and in the long term.
Your Brain Goes Haywire
When you’re tired, you feel sluggish. And even though most of us tend to think that we can push through those sloth-like feelings like they don’t even exist, the fact is that too little sleep can lead to all kinds of major impairments on your cognitive function.
Chief among them? Your ability to focus and learn.
When you’re sleep deprived, it’s harder to pay attention to the things that are going on around you. You’re less likely to remember them, too, since sleep plays a crucial role in the consolidation of memories.
Your ability to solve problems takes a nosedive, too, since sleep deprivation causes your brain to take longer to respond to new information. Which can be especially problematic, say, when you’re on the job. Need proof? Studies show that medical residents who work 24-hour shifts make up to 300 percent more errors that result in patient death compared to residents whose shifts last only 16 hours.