What happens when you have chronic sleep loss?
Some loss of sleep here and there probably won’t have a considerable effect on your mental well-being, but if your sleep issues have gone unresolved for months on end, it could affect your psychological and physical health in multiple ways. Here are some of the more common psychological and physical symptoms that can occur after long-term sleep loss.
- Erratic behavior
- Decreased cognitive functioning such as forgetfulness, confusion, and making mistakes
- Psychotic episodes
Hallucination is a severe yet common symptom of sleep deprivation. Depending on the length of sleep deprivation, approximately 80% of people who have no previous mental health issues will eventually have hallucinations.
- Elevation in blood pressure
- Elevated stress hormones
- Increased risk of heart attacks and strokes
- Reduced Immune function, which can lead to many physical issues