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5 Ways Your Brain Changes When You Lack Sleep

When your brain doesn’t get enough rest, it’s easy to feel disoriented.
11 Jan 2021, 07:04 AM

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We have the habit of treating sleep as a need instead of a priority. Rest and sleep play very important roles to the body and it’s crucial to get enough winks. Here’s a breakdown of how your brain will change if you lack sleep:

#1 It impacts how your brain communicates

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Your body will feel tired if you lack sleep. Your brain activity will slow down and this will make you unable to function or think as well as you usually do.

#2 It can trigger symptoms of depression

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Those who lack sleep tend to be more depressed. On top of that, sleep and depression go hand in hand. People who are depressed may face sleep deprivation.

#3 It hurts your hippocampus

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Hippocampus is a part of the brain that forms long-term memories, learning and emotion. When you don’t get enough sleep, your memory could be impaired and it’s more difficult to understand or remember things.

#4 It can make you make risky decisions

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When you’re not in the right frame of mind, you would make decisions based on what you feel in the moment. Since lack of sleep confuses your brain and emotions, some decisions would be hastily made.

#5 It can affect your motor skills

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Lack of sleep can easily decrease your cognitive functioning. Your actions and responses would be delayed when you don’t get enough sleep. Your coordination wouldn’t be in sync and you might be clumsier.

It’s important for the brain to rest and be healthy. If you’re having troubles falling asleep, read this article that helps you quiet the mind before you fall asleep.

Info via Bustle

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