Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

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.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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