The Psychological Effects of Sleep Deprivation

When you don’t get enough sleep at night, or when you don’t sleep well through the night, the resultant grogginess can last throughout the entire day. It’s not hard to see the physical effects of not getting enough sleep; from dark, puffy circles under the eyes to increased hunger throughout the day, the physical effects of exhaustion are immediate and easy to identify.

The mental effects of sleep deprivation are just as serious, not only in the long term but also right after losing out on a few hours of sleep.

So what exactly happens psychologically when you get fewer than seven or eight hours of sleep at night?

  • First, the grogginess you physically feel will also manifest itself mentally and you’ll have a much harder time concentrating. Four in 10 American adults say that they rarely get enough sleep on weeknights, which results in an astonishing loss of productivity. In fact, it’s estimated that American businesses lose around $63 billion every year simply because so many employees are overtired and not productive.
  • You’re also less able to make smart decisions when you’re sleep deprived. One sign of sleep deprivation, according to Prevention, it’s much harder for people to make decisions in general when they don’t get enough sleep at night; the decisions that sleep-deprived individuals do make are not always the best.
  • Emotionally, you’ll likely find that you get anxious, stressed, or sad without much provocation. A study from the University of California, Berkeley found that people are more likely to be emotionally unstable when they don’t get enough sleep at night.

In conclusion, trying new sleeping habits to break the bad ones and trading out your old mattress for a new adjustable electric bed, should definitely be a priority if you want to be at the top of your mental game!

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