Lack of sleep can have serious impacts on our well-being, both in the short and long term. Living in a society where there is just too much work to be done, children to look after, parties to attend, movies to watch and so on, it seems that inadequate sleep is a common problem. When we do not get enough sleep, the short term effects are immediately obvious. For one, we become groggy and unable to focus on our tasks and responsibilities. We also can be grumpy and easily irritated by even the smallest nuances. These effects by themselves are dangerous and scary, but the long term effects of sleep deprivation on our body, mind, and overall health are much more concerning. Sleep Deprivation and Obesity There have been a number of studies conducted on the links between sleep deprivation and weight gain.   There is a strong connection between how much sleep we get and how much weight we gain for the following reasons:   Hunger – When you are tired, you tend to eat more because the body wants to compensate for the energy used whilst staying up all night. Food choices – Sleep-deprived people tend to go for foods which are high in calorie, like processed and junk foods. Energy – If you are tired then you’re less likely to have the energy to exercise and burn off all the fat that you have eaten. All of the above points can contribute to gradual weight gain over a period of time. Sleep Deprivation and Cardiovascular Diseases Long term sleep deprivation is also known to be linked with the development of heart and cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. An article conducted on […]