Dr Maurits Kruger writes:
Many of us have experienced the effect that lack of sleep has on our mood and mental ability. What happens when this becomes a long-term condition?
Lack of sleep can cause fatigue, irritability, mood swings, impaired memory, poor concentration and reduced coordination. Sleep deprivation can affect behaviour, emotional intelligence and decision making. Long term sleep deprivation can also increase the risk of developing serious health concerns such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.
Insufficient sleep also impacts the skin causing signs of premature ageing, such as reduced elasticity, dehydration, redness, increased pigmentation, puffiness, dark circles and bags under the eyes. We truly need our beauty sleep!
Stress management, good nutrition, specific supplements and proper sleep hygiene can improve sleeping patterns and prevent the harmful effects associated with chronic sleep deprivation.
Read more here: Sleep Deprivation & your Brain