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Effects of

Sleep

Deprivation

Body

Stress

The most important cause is simply stress on your body. But it's not just stress created by sleep debt. It's also the inability of your body to relieve the stresses of the day during sleep. Sleep is where your body repairs itself and relaxes the muscle tensions and other issues that are created by stress. Without sleep, that stress starts to build up, which can lead to further issues coping with stress the next day. Remember, the mind and body connection is very real, and research has confirmed that stress on the body leads to stressful thoughts. So it's no surprise that when your body doesn't have an opportunity to heal, that stress starts to build up dramatically.

Brain

Stress


The most important cause is simply stress on your body. But it's not just stress created by sleep debt. It's also the inability of your body to relieve the stresses of the day during sleep. Sleep is where your body repairs itself and relaxes the muscle tensions and other issues that are created by stress. Without sleep, that stress starts to build up, which can lead to further issues coping with stress the next day. Remember, the mind and body connection is very real, and research has confirmed that stress on the body leads to stressful thoughts. So it's no surprise that when your body doesn't have an opportunity to heal, that stress starts to build up dramatically.

Hormonal

Changes

Sleep also affects hormonal levels. Your body is able to regulate hormones both during sleep and when your body is healthiest (which occurs only after you experience enough sleep), and when you become more sleep deprived you increase the risk of developing unbalanced hormones, which in turn affect your overall anxiety levels.


Physical

Symptoms

When the body doesn't get enough sleep, it can have some very unusual physical symptoms. You may find that your nerves seem to fire in weird ways, your legs and arms may tingle at different times, you may get headaches or back aches, and you may find that you experience weird pains and sensations in different parts of your body.For those with anxiety especially those with panic attacks this can be extremely stressful. Physical symptoms often mimic more serious diseases, and those with anxiety have a tendency to feel the worst when they've racked up sleep debt.This is especially problematic for those that are getting "some" sleep and feel fairly rested, but aren't getting enough sleep and are increasing their "sleep debt." They may have the cognitive functioning of those that got sleep, but their body is still reacting like they did not, causing those with panic attacks to experience fear over health issues.

Anxiety Among College Students


80%

say they frequently or sometimes experience daily stress.

13%

have been diagnosed with a mental health condition such as an anxiety disorder or depression.

24%

of students are taking psychotropic medications on average.

34%

have felt depressed at some point in the past three months.

9%

have seriously considered suicide in the past year.

19%

of directors report the availability of psychiatric services on their campus is inadequate.