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

101 comments

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers23 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

Karen K.
Kay K.2 years ago

sleep. very important

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

Worse than driving drunk.

Jordan G.
Jordan G.2 years ago

I have to start to take this seriously.

Jelena Radovanovic
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you:)

Kath P.
Kath P.2 years ago

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

Mark F.
Mark F.2 years ago

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

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Becky, for Sharing this!

Anne G.
Anne G.2 years ago

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".

Joanne M.
Joanne M.2 years ago

Your poster summed up all of the potential problems beautifully!