Consequences of Lack of Sleep [3]

Most people don’t get enough sleep. We are a society that burns the candle at both ends, a nation where people stay up all night to study, work, or have fun especially at Lagos – where an average person gets home from work by 11pm and is out of the house by 5am the next morning. However, going without adequate sleep carries with it both short- and long-term consequences.

Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health?


In the short term, a lack of adequate sleep can affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality.

Here are a few negative effects of lack of sleep:

7. Sleepiness Can Make You Gain Weight.

This is because when you are depressed, you tend to eat more junk. Sleepiness leads to obesity and if continued, would lead to more severe health issues.

8. Sleepiness Impairs Judgement.

When you are not getting adequate sleep and rest for your body, you feel drowsy and dull, which results in you not being stable, especially mentally, which in turn results in impaired judgement of situations and matters in sime areas of your life. This is really risky if you hold a crucial position at work or at home.

9. Lack of sleep increases risk of death.

As Nigerians would say, this body is not firewood. Hence when your body does not get enough sleep as it requires – and this goes on over a long period of time, it begins to weaken and shutdown gradually. this could lead to severe sicknesses and death.

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