There’s nothing fun about waking up exhausted. Sleep deprivation is a serious issue in the United States, with over a third of American adults suffering from a lack of sleep. It’s recommended to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and while we know this can be difficult given the vast array of responsibilities we have, it needs to be a priority.
Your health and overall happiness can be greatly affected when you don’t get enough zzz’s. It’s not just a matter of feeling sluggish or desperately needing a cup (or two, or three) of coffee to get your thoughts rolling. It’s so much more than that, from weight gain to increased blood pressure. Yes, sleep is the glue that holds us together. It’s what keeps us motivated, enthusiastic, and ready to take on the world.
Sleep isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity. So what happens when we don’t get enough of it? Keep reading.
1. Difficulty Concentrating and Staying Alert
Driving on little to no sleep can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. It’s a different type of impairment with the same tragic results. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatigue causes approximately 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths every year in the United States.
On a less extreme note, sleep deprivation can affect your ability to concentrate and stay on task at work. A lack of sleep makes it difficult to organize your thoughts, and can even make you quite forgetful. You don’t want to forget what you’re presenting at your next meeting, right? Or that you have a meeting in the first place…
2. Less Sex
A lack of sleep can negatively impact your sex life...and I think it goes without saying that no one wants that. Sleep deprivation can decrease testosterone levels and even increase symptoms of depression, making you uninterested in sex altogether.
Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders can also cause your libido to suffer. Even snoring can strain your sex life. No one wants to listen to their partner snore all night instead of getting a good night’s sleep. Your partner might just leave the bedroom and sleep somewhere else in the house, which definitely doesn’t cater towards a healthy and satisfying sex life.