Inadequate sleep

An occasional night when an individual does not sleep will make them tired but won’t harm their physical or mental health.  However, sleeplessness over several nights will start to affect their physical and mental health.  The individual will begin to feel:

  • Tired all the time
  • Falling asleep during the day
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Begin to feel depressed

These effects can be dangerous if driving or operating machinery.  Many deaths are caused by people falling asleep whist driving.

Lack of sleep can make individuals more likely to suffer from the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight