3 Ways Sleep Deprivation Can Affect Your Life—And How To Bounce Back

Sleep deprivation can change your personality (and body) in some pretty unexpected ways.

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We all know that getting a good night’s sleep leaves you refreshed, happy, and ready to take on the day. We also know that sometimes, it’s all too easy to skimp on sleep for a night out with the girls, to catch up at work, or even just to watch Younger. And we get it—we’ve all been there. But, even missing a single night of decent sleep could be doing more harm than you realise.


According to a recent study, one in five adults are regularly sleep-deprived. And sadly, there isn’t enough coffee in the world that’s going to save us.

Sleep deprivation is a general term to describe a state caused by inadequate quantity or quality of sleep, including voluntary or involuntary sleeplessness and circadian rhythm sleep disorders. Common symptons include: constant yawning, the tendency to doze off when not active, grogginess, poor concentration and mood changes – www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

The good news, though, is that you can get back on track. Ahead, you’ll find some of the most common side effects of not getting enough ZZZs, as well as some simple tricks to help you fall (and stay) asleep, pronto.

3 Side Effects Of Not Getting Enough Sleep

You’re cranky

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After a night of tossing and turning, it’s safe to say that we’re pretty cranky. And unsurprisingly, we take it out on other people. Studies show that couples tend to fight more after sleepless nights. While another study found that our ability to discriminate between complex facial expressions goes out the window if we’re tired. Yep, without sleep, you’re less nice to be around—a great reason to skip the last episode of your nightly Netflix session.

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The solution: Invest in the perfect mattress

First and foremost, a supportive and breathable mattress can really create a difference when it comes to getting good night’s shut-eye (and maintaining close relationships). That’s why we love the award-winning luxury mattress by eve. It boasts a unique layering system and next generation memory foam, which is designed to contour to your body and relieve pressure points. Not to mention, it’s 30% more breathable than regular memory foam mattresses.

You’re less productive

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It should come as no surprise that lack of sleep takes a toll on our perception and judgment. In the workplace, this can be seen in reduced efficiency and productivity, errors, and accidents. Researchers from Cambridge University have even suggested that sleep deprivation affects workplace efficiency more so than drinking on weekdays.

The solution: Put down your iPhone

Constant screen stimulation can wreak havoc with your sleep patterns. The reason why? The lights cue your brain to wake up (or stay awake). We suggest keeping your screen time post-work to a minimum and reach for an actual book when it comes time to hit the sack. Here a few of our current favourites.

You’re more likely to put on weight

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Sleep deprivation is now considered a risk factor for obesity, right up there with overeating and lack of exercise. Research shows that people who sleep less than six hours per night are much more likely to have a higher than average body mass index. Whereas, people who sleep eight hours or more have the lowest BMI.

The solution: Pay attention to your diet

Sure, eating may make you feel better if you’re exhausted, but in the long run, it may make the sleep situation worse. According to a study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, people who eat more saturated fats and refined carbs tend to wake up more often during the night and spend less time in the deepest, more restorative stages of sleep.