Sleep deprivation has several negative consequences for your body and mind. Research suggests that only 33% of Americans receive the 7-9 hours of sleep necessary to keep the immune system operating properly.
Lack of sleep is even more harmful to your mind. During sleep, your brain generates new neurons, solidifies memories, and makes connections between old and new information. Without adequate sleep, your brain is not able to perform these crucial functions.
Symptoms of sleep deprivation:
– fatigue, lethargy, and lack of motivation
– moodiness and irritability
– inability to cope with stress
– concentration and memory problems
– difficulty making decisions
– reduced immunity; frequent colds and infection
– impaired motor skills and increased risk of accidents
– unexplained hair loss
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about your sleep habits.