1. You can’t retain what you learn when you’re tired.
The quantity and quality of your sleep plays a major role in your ability to learn new information. Sleep deprivation impairs your focus, attention, and working memory. That means you may have to repeat tasks several times and you may be more likely to make careless mistakes.
2. Your mood becomes unstable when you’re drained.
Studies show a lack of sleep can lead to increased irritability and mood changes. Skimping on sleep on a consistent basis sleep could lead to more serious psychological problems, such as anxiety disorders and depression.
3. Sleep deprivation impairs your judgment.
A lack of sleep greatly impairs your ability to make good decisions. A 2007 study published in the journal, Sleep, found that sleep deprivation diminishes your moral judgment. Participants who had been deprived of sleep, struggled to resolve moral dilemmas and their response time in making decisions was much slower.
4. Your health deteriorates when you aren’t well-rested.
Sleep deprivation has been linked to a variety of health problems including heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. Infection-fighting antibodies are also reduced when you don’t get enough sleep, which means your immune system becomes weaker and places you at a higher risk of illness. Inadequate sleep has even been linked to a shorter lifespan.
5. Your efficiency plummets when you’re sleepy.
Despite being present physically, you won’t be 100% present mentally when you’re sleep deprived. People who aren’t getting enough sleep rack up about 11.3 days of reduced productivity.
6. Fatigue reduces your ability to handle stress.
Sleep deprivation robs you of mental strength and impairs your ability to deal with stressful events. Research shows that missing just a few hours of sleep diminishes a person’s ability to deal with negative circumstances.
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