What are the side effects of sleep deprivation?

Sleep deficiency can cause problems with a person’s mental health, physical health, quality of life and safety, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The main side effect of sleep deprivation is excessive daytime sleepiness, which can lead to safety hazards because it causes drowsy driving and workplace injuries, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Some side effects of lack of sleep, according to the AASM, include:

  • Irritability
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Increased errors
  • Forgetfulness
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Lack of energy

For more information about the side effects that can be caused by sleep deprivation, talk to your physician.

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