THE SCIENCE OF GOOD SLEEP

What happens if you don't get enough sleep?

While you may never experience the severe consequences of suffering from a sleep disorder, even everyday sleep debt can affect the quality of your life. Sleep loss affects performance. If you don't get enough sleep, here's what can happen to you:

Daytime Drowsiness - Loss in energy and alertness, likely in the mid-afternoon.

Mood Changes - Watch out for depression, irritability, and loss of sense of humor.

Stress and Anxiety - Feelings of frustration, nervousness and anxiety are often increased due to lessened ability to cope with day-to-day stresses.

Weight Gain - Inadequate amounts of sleep can cause hormonal and metabolic changes in our bodies that lead to weight gain. And if you're sleep deprived, you may be driven to consume high sugar food and beverages to keep you awake.

Immune System - Sleep deprivation lowers the immune system making us more susceptible to colds and flus throughout the year.

Productivity - Lack of quality sleep can cause problems with concentration, memory, thinking logically and critically and even clear communication.