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Why is lack of sleep really bad for your health?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep Deprivation: Short term effects can include feeling tired, irritability, decreased attention & forgetfulness. It can impact one's immune system & mental health. Over time it can contribute to increased blood pressure, heart disease, stress & mental health illnesses.
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Sure !: The brain needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep in most cases to readjust itself One can easily incur SLEEP DEBT causing a variety of problems from daytime sleepiness to depression

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A 50-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is a lack of sleep really bad for your health?

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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes!: Not being able to sleep may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening. Decrease oxygen desaturations puts tremendous stress on major organs particularly the brain and heart. The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How bad is lack of sleep?

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Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Poor health: It will lead to poor performance and an increased risk of getting sick. Sleep is needed to allow our bodies to replenish itself from the daily activities of life.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Please answer me. Is a lack of sleep really bad for your health?

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Neurology 18 years experience
Yes: Varies from person to person but symptoms include daytime sleepiness, lethargy/fatigue, concentration and memory difficulties, elevated blod pressures, anxiety and depression, irritability, etc. Long periods of sleeplessness can be particularly damaging to your heart and brain health.
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