The Comprehensive Guide to Sleep Deprivation: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment: Chapter 30

Chapter 3

Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation

There are a number of different symptoms that are associated with sleep deprivation, although the main (and ongoing) one is excessive sleepiness during the day. Here are some of the other main symptoms that you could be suffering from sleep loss:

  • Yawning frequently
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lapse in concentration
  • Difficulty with cognitive function
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Changes in appetite
  • Blurred vision
  • Disorientation
  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Lack of motivation
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Pain in the body
  • Falling asleep unintentionally
  • Sleeping through alarms

Conditions sleep deprivation can increase the risk of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

If you think you have some or all of the symptoms of sleep deprivation, it is time to get your schedule back on track so that you can start leading a healthier and more rested life. Of course, if you are really struggling or just want some advice, speaking to your physician is always an excellent idea.

Tomorrow, come back here for Chapter 4: The Effects of Sleep Deprivation and sign up for Alaska Sleep Clinic’s blog.

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