Lack of Sleep: 6 Surprising Things That Happen When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep (No. 3 Is Scary) by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

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Lack of Sleep: 6 Surprising Things That Happen When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep (No. 3 Is Scary)

Most of us know lack of sleep is bad for our health, but it can be hard to unplug at night with enough time to recharge before the alarm goes off the next morning. If you're not getting enough shuteye, you may be suffering from these six nagging side effects:

  • Moodiness: A short night can lead to a short fuse, so go to bed earlier to avoid unwanted irritability.
  • Poor balance: Lack of sleep throws off cortisol production, and can lead to unsettling dizziness.
  • Accidents: Missing out on just a couple hours of sleep doubles your risk for a car crash.
  • Memory issues: Your brain sorts memories at night, and lack of sleep can lead to foggy recollection.
  • Trouble concentrating: Successful multitasking is directly linked to a well-rested brain.
  • Lack of creativity: Sleep deprivation zaps creative thinking skills, so if you want to think outside the box, get more rest.

Inadequate sleep can cause all sorts of problems that impact your quality of life. A little more sleep each night can make you more productive, safe and happy during the day!

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Elisa Schmitz
Seriously! Sleep is key. I didn't know it affected balance and creativity, too. Wow. Thanks for the great insights, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP !
A colleague and I were just discussing this the other day! I know I need to make sleep a priority! Lack of it impacts EVERYTHING!
I get brain fog when I don’t sleep. 😴

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