Sleep deprivation can affect and does affect us in many ways. Common short term effects include:
- excessive yawning
- lack of concentration
- an increase in sugar and caffeine cravings
- aches and bodily pains
- being easily distractable
- feeling anxious
- temporary cognitive and mental processing impairment
That might all sound nightmarish enough, but the longer term effects of being sleep deprived can have an even more catastrophic effect on a both a person’s mental and as well their physical health. Some of the more serious consequences include:
- high blood pressure
- heart attack
- increased risk of mental health problems and depression
- decreased quality of life
- strained relationships
Hence, it really is important to ensure to get an adequate amount and as well an adequate quality of sleep.
That said, do you actually know whether you are sleep deprived?
Whilst many of us do, a large number of people fail to realise that perhaps some of their bad habits (such as tendencies to overeat or lose motivation) or bad moods even could be linked to not getting enough zeds.
Then, to find out whether you are losing precious zeds, and for those who are curious just how many they are losing over the course each week, month and even their lifetime if they continue with the same routine (or lack of one), give this useful sleep calculator tool featured on the Daily Mail website a go.
Whilst the sleep calculator takes a matter of seconds to use, the results could change your attitude towards sleep and bedtime habits for a lifetime. Meanwhile, to make bed a more comfortable and inviting place to retire to, why not treat yourself to some new bedding by shopping with us here at the Sleepy People Company?