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The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation makes you feel cranky and downright awful, but it can also be dangerous. Learn about the safety and overall health problems associated with sleep deprivation.

As a mom to a one-year-old, I am no stranger to sleep deprivation. I’ve always loved sleep, but now that my sleep revolves around how well my son is sleeping, a good night’s sleep or an afternoon nap feels like a precious gift.

Sleep deprivation kind of sounds like just an inconvenience until you’re in the thick of it, doesn’t it? It sounds like just another way of saying that you’re tired, but true sleep deprivation goes beyond tired. When my son was first born, the exhaustion was palpable.

Waking up felt like a punch in the gut, and honestly I felt kind of ashamed at how much sleep deprivation impacted me day to day. So many people operate under sleep debt, and knowing that made me feel like I should just have a cup of coffee and suck it up.

The graphic below gets into some of the short and long-term problems with sleep deprivation, and I found reading it almost cathartic. We need to prioritize sleep!

More on sleep and getting better sleep: How to Take the Perfect Nap, Sleep Deprived College Students Put Health at Risk, Is Co-Sleeping Dangerous?

Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:05AM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

sleep. very important

4:38AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Worse than driving drunk.

5:53PM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

I have to start to take this seriously.

8:15AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Thank you:)

7:44AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

I know three people who worked the night shift. All have distracted personalities due to a lack of sleep.

1:06PM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

Great info...thanks for making us aware of this universal problem.

6:59AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

Thank you Becky, for Sharing this!

12:30AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

In University I slept 4 hours a night, if I was lucky, I definitely entered a new dimension. When a semester was over all I wanted to do was sleep, which of course I couldn't, it took a long time to get back to "normal".

7:09PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Your poster summed up all of the potential problems beautifully!

4:57PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Amazing how the health problems build up from lack of sleep, but makes perfect sense. Thanks.

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