The Effects of a Lack of Sleep

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Insomnia; is also known as a deficiency of sleep or sleep deprivation. People with this condition are apt to suffer from inadequate sleep and more likely to battle depression, have poor concentration, and be involved in an auto accident; from a lack of focus. These issues followed by prolonged periods of time; can cause a person some sort of health issues, whether mental or physical.(Harvard Medical School)
Sleep deprivation alters the production and action of some hormones, dampening the secretion of thyroid stimulating hormone and increasing blood levels, this shows mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. Higher cortisol levels are distinctive to much older subjects and are thought to be linked to age-related health problems, such as insulin resistance and memory complications. (University of Chicago)
Associated things that cause insomnia that are common is stress, environmental changes, caffeine, cold medicine, steroids, and antidepressants. Some people deal with insomnia for only a few nights like jet lag, but if the problem persists it can progress into chronic insomnia, which is another common symptom of psychiatric disorders, such as; anxiety and depression. If sleep is interrupted then a balance of hormones can take place. As an example; poor sleep is the beginning to an increase in the production of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. This hormone affects the heart and too much of it causes hypertension or it can zap a person’s energy and bring them into
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