Long term effects of Insomnia.
A few days ago I was asked “what are the long term effects of insomnia” That’s a great question, so I’ve been looking into some studies about what are some of the side effects of not getting enough sleep?
Insomnia is a personal thing. We all need different amounts of sleep but it’s vitally important that we get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep or having sleep deprivation is a real serious issue and also the topic of this article.
Sensitivity to Pain
First off, sleep deprivation can leave people more sensitive to pain. A study published in 2010 took people and randomized them to using either Codeine or placebo for their pain. The study also measured the quality of their sleep.
They found that the people in the poor sleep group were more sensitive to pain. They also found that Coedine didn’t work as well in the poor sleep group. These findings were confirmed in another study published in 2012. In this study, volunteers were randomized between normal sleep habits or extended sleep. They then measured pain sensitivity. As with the 2010 study they also found that extended sleep was associated with reduced levels of pain sensitivity.
There are many other studies like this so the conclusion is that a lack of sleep can make you more sensitive to pain.
Lack of sleep affects your Emotional State
Lack of sleep can affect your emotional state. It can affect emotional empathy a study published just last year organized participants to 1 of 3 groups. The 1st group wasn’t allowed to sleep at all. The 2nd group was allowed as they normally would. Both of these groups were examined early at night and then again the next morning. The 3rd group was examined during the day time to serve as another control. Contents were given to all participants to measure direct and indirect empathy.
Direct empathy is how you feel about another, such as being angry at somebody else. Indirect empathy is how it effects you such, as your heart racing more, or you feel nauseous. They found that the sleep deprived group had significantly less direct and indirect emotional empathy. They measured everyone twice to confirm it.
Studies like this however can be difficult, because you can’t deprive people of sleep for months on end to see if they develop physical or mental problems. However there are many other studies that show that sleep deprivation is associated with diabetes and obesity.
It’s also hard to do studies in kids since of course they have to go to school, but there have been comparative studies comparing academic accomplishments and sleep.
Too many of them show that kids who were sleep deprived are more likely to be depressed and not do as well academically. with insufficient sleep with significantly worse it’s also confirmed the results of many other studies that have had similar results.
In 2003 the study was published in the journal of sleep research that took 50 college students and compare their performance on math effort tasks after a night of normal and sleep and compared it to a night of deprived sleep.
It should come as no surprise that the sleep deprived kids were more likely to show worse overall. Another study published in 2010 showed that female athletes who were sleep deprived were less likely to believe in themselves.
Lack of sleep causes car accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 20 percent of fatal accidents in the US involve a drowsy drive. Those are scary statistics.
As we’ve mentioned so often in this blog, insomnia is serious issue and should be dealt with even on a short term basis. We continue to seek out various solutions from sleep clinics to simple home remedies for Insomnia as salt and brown sugar.
Please come back often as we will be continuously updating this blog with new ideas and solutions for insomnia.