Sleep deprivation does more than just leave you feeling tired the next day. In fact, the cumulative long-term effects of sleep deprivation can lead to an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, depression, heart attack, and stroke (5). The short-term effects can be just as devastating, including increases in accidents and injuries at work and a decrease in overall performance.
Sleep loss also has an adverse effect on mood and behavior, including increases in mental distress, depressive symptoms, anxiety, and alcohol consumption. As such, quality of life and family well-being are also negatively affected when you do not get enough sleep at night (5).