9. Leads to Fatigue-Related Accidents
Serious accidents are very often linked to a poor sleep schedule and fatigue. Drowsy driving, the dangerous combination of sleepiness and driving or driving while fatigued, can lead to accidents on the roads.
Sleep deprivation impairs coordination, causes longer reaction times, impairs judgment, and impairs memory and the ability to retain information. All these factors affect driving ability, increasing the risk of accidents.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) reports that one in every five serious motor vehicle injuries is related to driver fatigue due to sleep deprivation.
A 2000 study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports that moderate sleep deprivation produces impairments in cognitive and motor performance equivalent to legally prescribed levels of alcohol intoxication.
This leads to compromised performance in speed and accuracy that is needed for safety on the road and in other industrial settings.
The AASM recommends pulling off the road and taking a short 15- to 20-minute power nap to alleviate drowsiness. This will reduce the risk of accidents to some extent.
10. Kills Your Sex Drive
Sleep deprivation even leads to loss of interest in sex. Lack of sleep has a direct impact on a person’s energy level and even leads to more tension, which indirectly affects the sex life of both men and women.
Moreover, men suffering from sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that interrupts sleep, tend to have lower testosterone levels, which can lower libido.
A 2002 study conducted at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology found that men who suffered from severe sleep apnea secreted abnormally low levels of testosterone during the night.