7 Awful Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation

You should consider that the results of the research were only preliminary, and more research is needed for further conclusions. Below are the seven bad side effects of sleep deprivation.

Woman lying awake in bed looking at an alarm clock in the foregroundSleep-deprived people don’t know they are sleep deprived.

Sleep-deprived people thought that they were doing well in reaction time tests conducted by the researchers. Their test results showed that people who lacked sleep do badly on the tests. The results didn’t surprise them, but the lack of awareness of their condition did.

Blurred photo of a woman holding her head in both hands illustrating a headacheSleep deprivation gives people sleep goggles.

In one of the experiments, results showed that men rated photos of the least attractive models as being more attractive. The effect was not seen amongst women. In a previous experiment, results showed that men think women want to have sex with them.

A man's thumb pressing against the pointy end of a thumbtackSleep deprivation increases pain sensation.

A study conducted by a group from the Komoki Sleep Center in Seoul, Pusan Nation University Yangsan Hospital and the University of Sydney suggested that the tolerance to pain became lower with less sleep at night.

Middle aged woman pressing a finger to her lower lip looking concernedSleep deprivation makes people less concerned.

Researchers have studied the empathy levels of subjects and seen how sleep-deprived people tend to be less empathetic when looking at hands stung by needles.

A dark outline of a woman walking in a light hallway with overlaid images of a clock face and a heart monitorSleep deprivation leads to an increase in delusional beliefs and paranoia.

People who had been awake for 18 hours straight scored higher on the standard tests of global paranoia. People lacking sleep rated higher on depersonalization or feeling separated from one’s thoughts, reality or body.

A woman holding her head in her hands as she ponders financial troublesSleep deprivation makes people less concerned about money.

People who lack sleep should not be gambling, according to one study conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh. When sleep-deprived people were expecting to lose money, their brain showed less activity in the regions that are connected with the mind’s reward system.

Sleep deprivation prevents people from recognizing emotions of others.

People who lack sleep don’t know the emotions showed by other people. Researchers found out that the lack of sleep makes people concentrate on the lower part of the body.

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