According to a study at Harvard University in 2006, because of the increase in people sleeping less than six hours per night, 75% of Americans experience sleep problems, if not full-blown nefarious sleep disorders. Normally, one shouldn’t be extremely worried about intermittent insomnia, which can occur for many various environmental factors. The real napstealer has to be chronic sleep loss, which causes all kinds of health problems like weight gain, hypertension, and a weakened immune system. Therefore, people who don’t get enough sleep are not only sleepy, but can be fat, sick and irritable, as well.
In a civilization that simultaneously values productivity and distraction, many of us find our own selves cutting corners on our nightly allotment of sleep. While it’s easy to view the loss of a few hours of sleep as no big deal, over time, the lost hours build up and develop a sleep debt.
There are many symptoms of sleep deprivation affecting our bodies and our brains. Sleep deprivation can be a source of domestic unhappiness, career shortcomings and potentially life-threatening situations. Without further ado, here are 10 signs and symptoms of sleep deprivation.