Performance pitfalls: The consequences of sleep deprivation on physical abilities


05 Jan 2024

The Physical Toll of Sleep Deprivation: A Wake-Up Call for Your Health.

There are some basic requirements for staying fit in a wholesome manner. Eating well, getting enough sleep and going for health checks regularly are some basic wellness requirements. Even if you eat properly and have a good Kotak General Insurance plan in place, you won't be able to secure your health unless you complete a very crucial activity every day - get enough sleep. Sleep is very important and sleep deficiency is equally harmful.

Why is sleep important?

There is a very strong correlation between sleep and physical health. When you sleep, your body and mind get the much-needed rest to recover from all the damage that stress and exhaustion bring forth. This is why you feel relaxed after a good sleep, and on the other hand, feel restless and tired when you experience sleep deprivation.

The consequences of sleep deprivation

Let’s take a detailed look at some of the most dangerous sleep deprivation effects:

Weight gain

If you notice you're not losing weight even after dieting or exercising, it may be because you aren't sleeping enough. Sleep is very important for your metabolism so with sleep deprivation, your weight may increase.

Increase in BP and sugar

Research has proven that your blood pressure levels go up when you don't get enough sleep. Your body is also unable to produce enough insulin to break up the sugars in your blood. Hence, you stand at the risk of developing hypertension and diabetes.

Poor balance

This is a scary physical performance impact of sleep deprivation. When you don't get enough sleep, your muscles are tired and your focus is low as well. Subsequently, you begin to lose your balance. This can lead to very severe accidents and cause a lot of health problems.

Reduced immunity

Your immune system needs enough rest to be able to produce the chemicals it does to fight off the various health issues. When you don't sleep, the immune system weakens and is unable to offer the required protection, leading to you getting sick more often.

Hampered growth

Small children who do not get enough sleep, don't grow properly. Sleep makes the body release the growth hormones, regulates puberty and makes the muscles stronger. Hence, children need more sleep than adults.

As you can see, these are some very dangerous consequences of lack of sleep. If you are fighting sleep deprivation regularly, speak to your doctor without any further delay. Also, invest in a good health insurance policy as you may experience many health concerns in the long run.

The final word

As you can see, sleep is tremendously important for a healthy life. Therefore, look to prioritise sleep and set a proper sleep routine for yourself. If you are genuinely struggling to sleep well, get the reasons analysed by a medical professional. You may require some tests for which you may need the help of your family health insurance plan. Do what needs to be done and stay fit and in a wholesome manner.

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