According to a 2014 meeting by the Associated Professional Sleep Society, going without sleep can cause some bizarre side effects like lowered empathy for others, apathy towards self and others, difficulty in understanding others’ emotions and even an alarming decline in money-related concerns during gambling. While these concerns may not seem as serious as the more chronic effects of sleep deprivation such as paranoia, hallucinations, memory loss, mood swings or heart problems, they can cause serious complications in day-to-day functioning of an individual.
As much as we rely on binge sleeping over the weekend to take care of our poor sleeping habits, it cannot entirely negate the effects of the week long lack of sleep. In fact, the accumulated sleep deprivation actually leads to something known as “social jet-lag”, a phenomena where people are more tired on Mondays due to the different sleep patterns they follow on workdays and the weekend. The real solution is to just get those solid seven hours every night, all seven days of the week.
Despite not being a 100% sure about the reasons for it, a study conducted by the US National Library Of Medicine actually found that lack of sleep for even a night could lead to a dramatic decrease in your pain tolerance levels.
Inadequate sleep has an impact on the hormones responsible for telling your body when to stop eating and when to eat more. According to a study published in the European Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, sleeping even a little less than your normal sleep hours can make you feel hungrier, so much so that you may end up eating more than 300 extra calories the next day.