The Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation

exhausted black young women sleeping with her head on a laptop computer 

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I overslept on Friday morning and subsequently did not wake up until 10:00 am.  Because the rush hour ended around the time I woke up, by the time I got ready and took the train into the city, I would not have made it to work until after 12:00 noon so I decided to take the day off.  Every morning I wake up at 6:30 to get ready for my day job but Friday was different for a couple of reasons.

First, I forgot to set the alarm which never happens but that is not what was strange about the day.  What was strange is that even though I set the alarm every night, I never need it to wake up.  Every morning my body clock wakes me up at around 6:30 and I lie in bed until the alarm goes off at 6:45.  On Thursday night for the first time in ages, I forgot to set the alarm and my body clock did not work.  I slept until 10:00 am.

Jennifer is constantly telling me that I need to get more sleep.  My daytime job in publishing is high pressured.  We are continuously busy and there is seldom any downtime.  Then when I get home, I am up late into the night dealing with JenSan business.  I've felt tired in the past but not overly so until recently.  Now I think that it is time to take Jennifer's advice and get more sleep at night as the lack of sleep is finally catching up with me.

I did some research on sleep deprivation and discovered many side effects—including the expected ones like irritability and forgetfulness.  However, I also found several more that are of deeper concern like weight gain (something that has happened to me this year) an increased risk of strokes among others, in an article on the Huffington Post.

Even without the typical risk factors, like being overweight or having a family history, short sleep can up your risk for stroke, according to 2012 research. Adults who regularly slept fewer than six hours a night had four times the risk of stroke symptoms, HuffPost reported.

For the full list of scary health related risks caused by sleep deprivation, read the article on the Huffington Post.