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Why You Need to Avoid the Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 2, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Not long ago, we had a blog on how to sleep during the day if you were working the nightshift. Regardless of the shift you work, getting a solid 8 hours of sleep is important. I know that for a lot of you, the temptation is there to put off going to bed and spend some time going out, having fun or watching Netflix. The reality is that no matter your age, there are some negative side effects to being sleep deprived. Lack of sleep will do the following:


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Dull your mental abilities

When you don’t sleep enough, your brain is tire and can’t perform its duties as well. It becomes difficult to concentrate or learn new things. Your brain does not receive signals as quickly so your coordination skills decrease and you could be at risk for accidents, something you want to avoid if you are at a drill site. Lack of sleep will also compromise your decision making abilities another thing to avoid when you are on the job.

 

Make you more emotional

Sleep deprivation also negatively affects emotional state. Many people feel more impatient or experience mood swings. You may find yourself with impaired judgement and interpret things differently than others.

 

Affect your memory

Research shows that sleeping after learning can help with memory retention. If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, you will lose your ability to access previous information. You need to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep so that you can go through all the sleep stages. Two stages (rapid eye movement and slow wave sleep) help with creative thinking, procedural memory, long-term memories and memory processing.

 

Shorten your life

16 different studies found that sleeping for less than 6 to 8 hours a night increases the risk of early death by about 12 percent.

 

Affect your testosterone levels

If you want to build more muscle and get a better workout, go to bed early. Research in Canada suggests that just one night of sleep deprivation can reduce testosterone in men by up to 27 per cent. Sleep experts at Brock University say that shift work can tamper with men’s sexual health and reproduction.

 

Affect blood sugar levels

Getting enough sleep will better control your blood sugar levels. The proper amount of sleep decreases your chances of acquiring diabetes.

When you arrive at a drill site, you should be alert, strong and ready to work. Poor coordination, inadequate concentration or compromised decision making are all dangerous when you are operating heavy machinery. Get your 8 hours and make sure you stay safe on the job.



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