The Effects of a Sleepless Night

How does your body react to no sleep?

People tend to live very busy lives. Whether it’s pulling an all-nighter to study for an exam, going out and having fun with your friends, or you have a newborn in the house, people don’t always get as much sleep as they’re supposed to. Sometimes they even miss an entire night’s sleep. No matter what the reason is – even if it’s a good one – a sleepless night can deprive your body of good health and energy.


A few ways a sleepless night affects your body:

  • Dark Circles: Missing a night’s sleep can cause fluid to accumulate below your eyes leading to circles and swelling, making your eyes puffy.
  • Hunger Pangs: Controlling your cravings can be especially difficult when you’re deprived of sleep. It changes the way your body interprets hunger signals.
  • Feeling Unfocused: Most of us have experienced the feeling of forgetfulness but missing a night of sleep increases that feeling. Plus, you can experience slow reaction times, resulting in mistakes. It could be a small mistake like a typo in a presentation, or it could be a big mistake like falling asleep behind the wheel of a car.
  • Common Cold: Your immune system is affected when you lose out on sleep, leaving you more susceptible to colds. So, get a full night’s sleep and put off the stuffy, drippy nose.


Losing out on one night of sleep isn’t typically a big deal. However, if you continue to miss out on sleep, it can lead to more serious health conditions. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and stroke are just a few. All of these are good reasons to practice going to bed on time regularly. We know it doesn’t always happen and there are reasons for that. Just don’t make it habit to lose out on sleep!