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Common symptoms of lack of sleep

28.05.2018

Lack of sleep, whether for a short or a long period of time, may lead to some typical symptoms. These symptoms may range from relatively common, such as drowsiness, to more serious complaints, such as hallucinations, memory problems and pain complaints.

 

The degree of severity depends on two factors. First, you will obviously suffer more from the symptoms of insomnia as you spend more time being awake. For example, staying an hour longer to watch your favorite TV show is very different from sleeping just four hours per night. This may be especially true if sleep deprivation occurs every night or if it is extreme (not sleeping all night).

 

Second, the intensity of your symptoms will vary depending on your biological clock. Therefore, symptoms of sleep deprivation will look much more pronounced when you naturally have to fall asleep (during night time).

 

Lack of sleep can lead to decreased concentration, drowsiness during the day, and serious long-term health effects such as obesity.

 

The threshold for sleep deprivation may vary depending on individual sleeping needs, but if you get less sleep than you need, it will inevitably lead to a sleep deprivation.

 

Here are some of the common symptoms of sleep deprivation. You can experience complaints that can encourage you to get the sleep you need.

 

1. Sleepiness

 

No matter how you name it, the most common symptom of sleep deficiency is what you probably expect: a feeling of drowsiness. This makes you feel tired, and you have a strong desire to fall asleep. It can lead to another close symptom - a deeper feeling of tiredness, which is called fatigue. Many people use the word fatigue to describe the feeling of muscle weakness that may cause slight discomfort.

 

As a part of this, you will actually be able to sleep faster. People who fall asleep quickly are thought to have short sleep latency. This can be objectively measured by a special test. In addition to being a sign of sleep deprivation, short sleep latencies can also be a daytime sleeping marker for sleep disorders such as narcolepsy or untreated sleep apnea.

 

On the other hand, limiting sleep and sleepiness can also be therapeutic. In certain situations, for example for those who suffer from insomnia, this accumulated drowsiness may be desired. By limiting the length of time you sleep, the following need for sleep can improve problems with falling and staying asleep, associated with insomnia.

 

2. Mood swings

 

If you were nervous when you did not get enough sleep, you will surely recognize the effect that sleeplessness has on mood. When we do not sleep enough, we are more likely to have symptoms of irritability. On the other hand, a good night's sleep can bring us into a great mood when we start our day.

 

These mood swings may extend beyond positive or negative mood to more serious problems such as anxiety and depression. The interaction between psychiatric states and sleep is intense, as sleep affects the frontal part of the brain - a field associated with these mood disorders. Many symptoms of depression overlap with those associated with sleep disorders. Problems like post-traumatic stress disorder can lead to nightmares and sleep loss. People suffering from chronic insomnia often have anxiety and even an increased risk of suicide.

 

Sleep is a vital part of our health and this clearly includes our mental health.

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