Sleep Deprivation Negatively Impacts Overall Health

Sleep Deprivation adversely affects cognitive performance (reduces problem solving and decision making skills as well as short-term memory, impairs judgment, reduces logical reasoning and critical thinking, reduces visual attention and processing)

  • Adversely affects mood and emotional well being, including increasing feelings of stress, sadness, frustration, anxiety, and rage
  • Impairs immune function
  • Influences the production and release of important hormones:
  • Increased levels of cortisol which contributes to high blood pressure, a weaker immune system, increase appetite and abdominal weight gain)
  • Negatively influence the production and release of leptin and ghrelin, hormones that affect appetite regulation
  • Reduces the effectiveness of insulin, increasing blood sugar levels and increases the risk of diabetes
  • Can inhibit the nocturnal production and release of growth hormones in men, which may contribute to loss of muscles and reduced metabolic rate
  • There’s a relationship between sleep deprivation and risk of high blood pressure, stroke and the metabolic syndrome
  • Sleep deprivation is also a risk factor for weight gain because it makes it more difficult to exercise and eat well