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    How a Series of Sleep Loss Impacts Mental and Physical Wellbeing



    Summary: Three consecutive nights of sleep loss can have a negative impact on both mental and physical health. Sleep deprivation can lead to an increase in anger, frustration, and anxiety. Additionally, those who experienced sleep loss reported a change in physical wellbeing, including gastrointestinal and respiratory problems.

    Source: University of South Florida.

    All it takes is three consecutive nights of sleep loss to deteriorate your mental and physical well-being.

    A new study examined people on the consequences of sleeping less than six hours for eight consecutive nights. Six hours is the minimum duration of sleep that experts advise to support optimal health in average adults.

    Lead author Soomi Lee found the biggest jump in symptoms appeared after just one night of sleep loss. The number of mental and physical problems continually got worse, peaking on day three. At that point, research shows the human body got relatively habituated to repeated sleep loss. But that all changed on sixth day, when participants reported that the extremity of physical symptoms was at its worst.

    The data for this study was gathered from the Midlife in the United States, which included nearly 2,000 middle-aged adults who were relatively healthy and well-educated. Among them, 42% had at least one night of sleep loss, sleeping 1 ½ hours lesser than their typical routines.

    They recorded their mental and physical behaviors in a diary for eight consecutive days, allowing researchers to observe how sleep loss causes deterioration on the physical health.

    Participants reported a collection of angry, lonely, irritable, nervous and frustrated feelings as a result of sleep loss. They also experienced other physical symptoms, such as upper respiratory issues, aches, gastrointestinal problems and a few more health concerns.

    These negative feelings and symptoms were continuously increasing throughout consecutive days of sleep loss and didn’t return to baseline levels unless they had a proper night sleep of more than six hours.

    Published: University of South Florida.

    Contact: Tina Meketa – USF.

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