As per the CDC, 35% of adults don’t get enough sleep (minimum 7 hours/day). According to Fortune Magazine, lack of sleep costs the United States over $411 billion annually due to loss in productivity. Additionally, over 100 thousand deaths can be attributed to medical errors due to sleep deprivation.
Sleep is essential for your brain to process new information and create memories. A lack of adequate sleep can negatively affect both your short-term and long-term memory.
Lack of Focus/Concentration
Sleep deprivation can lead to difficulties with being able to concentrate, with your problem-solving abilities, and your creativity. Work performance and productivity can also be negatively impacted as a result.
Lack of proper sleep can also make you more emotional, stressed, quick-tempered, and moody. If not addressed, it could potentially lead to other mental conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Poor Motor Skills
Sleep deprivation can lead to daytime drowsiness. People with insomnia not only have worse balance and coordination, but also are noted to be involved in more car accidents than those with good sleep.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Published May 2, 2017.