Surprising Consequences of Sleep Deprivation

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It is recommended that adults get about eight hours of sleep a night. However, many adults fail to get that amount due to various reasons. It could be a result of suffering from sleep apnea in Waco, TX or sleeping with a spouse who is constantly snoring. Whatever the reason, sleep deprivation can have some serious consequences if you are not careful.

Impaired Driving

Not getting enough sleep can make you feel drowsy throughout the day. If you are like most people, then you will need to drive to work, and being tired increases your chances of being in an accident. In fact, one out of five car accidents are the result of driving while tired.

Increased Likelihood of Health Problems

Your body gets a chance to recharge while you sleep, so not sleeping enough can drastically affect your cardiovascular health. People who do not get enough sleep face increased chances of having:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure

Increased Appetite

 People who do not get a full eight hours report feeling hungrier throughout the day. This can cause you to eat more than you need to. On average, people who consistently do not get enough sleep eat 350 to 500 more calories than people who do sleep enough. This can cause you to really pack on the pounds.

Spending More on Coffee

Grabbing a cup of coffee first thing in the morning is a common routine for many people. However, people who feel tired are more likely to get a cup of coffee purely because they need it to stay awake. The average employee spends $20 a week for coffee, so if you get enough sleep, you can avoid the coffee and save some cash.

Call Our Office

In the event that you are losing sleep from sleep apnea, get in touch with Dr. Donna Miller. Our office’s phone number is 254-870-9026.



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