What Are The Effects of Insomnia?

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If you’re reading this page, you already know some of the effects of insomnia. You feel physically exhausted, mentally fatigued, and emotionally fragile.

You may have tried to squirt shampoo onto your hand this morning and missed, or mistakenly poured coffee onto your cereal.  Or you may have narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian while driving to work this morning.

Some of insomnia’s effects make for funny stories years later — others unfold as tragedies that lead to a lifetime of sorrow.

Yet some people still claim that sleep is a form of laziness and that we could all do more with less of it.

If you’re in any doubt about your need for sleep, or if you want to find out about the long-term effects of sleep deprivation, I hope you’ll find this section helpful.

Physiological Effects of Insomnia

What happens in a person’s body if he or she does not sleep at all?

Sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture — something that no one will be surprised about who has ever experienced a bout of insomnia.

But can lack of sleep kill?

Psychological and Cognitive Effects of Insomnia

You know you feel irritable when you haven’t slept. It’s hard to focus on work and you keep forgetting what you’re supposed to be doing. But did you know that prolonged sleep deprivation causes people to hallucinate and have paranoid episodes?

What Are The Effects of Insomnia?

Health Effects of Insomnia

You may not be surprised to learn that chronic sleep deprivation is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, and with obesity.

But did you know that insomnia can lead to gum disease?

Personal And Professional Costs

A recent study found that the province of Quebec loses over $6.5 billion annually in lost productivity due to insomnia.

Given that the population of Quebec is only about 7 million, that is a staggering sum.

Sleeplessness costs the economy as a whole but, more to the point, these shortfalls in productivity cost individuals as well — in terms of lost promotions, raises, and jobs.

Accidents Caused By Insomnia

It is estimated that a fifth of car accidents are caused by drivers who nod off at the wheel.

Some portion of these drivers never wake up again, or kill others by their ill-timed sleep.

It may surprise you to learn it, but teenage drivers are especially susceptible to insomnia-related accidents.