• Symptoms Caused By Lack Of Sleep


    It is easy to assume that a lack of sleep will just make you tired, but that is not the case at all. Of course if you just have one nights bad sleep then you’ll spend the next day feeling very tired, but if the problem continues long term then the effects could be much more severe. If you are someone that often finds they don’t sleep properly at night then you really need to look at getting help with your insomnia. The good news is that there are lots of ways to help your chances of getting a good nights sleep. If you don’t, then you could find yourself experiencing any mixture of the symptoms below.

    Vision Becoming Blurry

    If you haven’t slept properly then your vision could become impaired. This could make it hard to focus on words or your vision becoming blurry. This is something that can come and go or it could last more long term. It can affect your ability to do everyday tasks such as driving a car.


    The problem with depression is that it can seem to work hand in hand with being unable to sleep. You tend to find that you get depressed because you can’t sleep and then you can’t sleep because you are depressed. If you find that your lack of sleep is causing you to pull out from activities and not want to do anything at all then this could be a sign of depression and you should seek help.

    Feeling Ill

    Your body needs rest in order to function properly. If you go too long without proper sleep then you could find yourself feeling dizzy and sick. If you start to experience these symptoms then you need to make sure you rest, even if you can’t get a proper night’s sleep.

    Change in Weight

    If you are deprived of sleep then it could affect your metabolism. This could mean that it slips up so you lose weight or it slows down so you gain. You tend to find that this will even itself out again as your body adjusts to your new sleeping regime but that is still not ideal. If you think that your insomnia is affecting your weight then you should seek help from a health care professional.

    Slurred Speech

    If you go a long time without sleep then your body will start to get extremely tired. One symptom of this is not having the energy  to speak properly. You could find that you start to pronounce words incorrectly or that your speech is slurred, either way these are both signs that your body is starting to be severely affected by your lack of proper sleep.


    These probably won’t happen straight away but once your body is very tired you could start to see or hear things that aren’t actually there. These could be bright flashes of light or other ways that your imagination could play tricks on you. These are a sign that you are severely lacking sleep and should be taken seriously.

    Lack of Patience

    If you are tired then you probably be less patient and more grumpy than normal. This can usually be rectified with a little rest and relaxation time but should be taken more seriously if they continue and start to have an impact on your life.

    You will find that some people who have a lack of sleep have lots of these side-effects whilst others don’t have any at all. Your body will deal differently with lack of sleep than someone else’s. What is important to bear in mind is that your body needs a decent amount of rest in order to function and survive. Even if you aren’t yet experiencing any of these symptoms, if you are lying awake at night unable to sleep then this is something that you should take seriously.

    Ideally you want to make sure that you are getting an average of 8 hours sleep per night. Of course busy lives mean that this doesn’t always happen, but if you are lying in bed wide awake at a time you could be sleeping then this is something that needs to be thought about quite seriously – especially if it is something that is going on night after night.


    My name is Nicola and I have interests in family matters, health and fitness and technology.

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