Since our country has been under lockdown for several months, many employees work from home and students no longer attend school every day. With nothing to do, most people sleep all day and spent their entire night catching up on their favourite series, or like most teens, scrolling through Tik-Tok till late hours of the morning. It’s all fun and games until this becomes an unhealthy and unshakeable habit.

Here are 5 negative effects caused by a lack of sleep

1. It can lead to depression

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Sleeping all day and staying up every night till 3 in the morning will make anyone’s mind drift into deeper, more depressing thoughts. Because of your lack of sleep, you are most likely to always be on edge, unable to enjoy the little moments in life because everything sets you off. You are always tired and never in the mood for company.

2. Can cause undesired weight gain

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People who spend their nights wide awake and only have a few hours of sleep have shown to have an increased appetite. The less sleep you get the more hungry you feel. This can and most likely will lead to unwanted weight gain.

3. Your skin ages faster

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I think we have all seen the dark circles under our eyes when we’ve not had a good night’s rest. The less sleep you get during the night, the darker these circles become and the more difficult they are to get rid of. Not only do you have to worry about those circles, but also about your skin in general. When the body does not get enough sleep, it releases a stress hormone that doesn’t only dry out your skin but makes it age faster.

4. Sleeping late weakens your immune system

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When you sleep, your body heals itself and produces more proteins to help fight off bacteria and viruses. So, when you don’t get your 8 hours of sleep each night, your body does not build a strong army to defend itself. You put yourself at a higher risk of getting sick with a cold or the common flu. The easiest way to fight the invisible enemy is to sleep. Simple.

“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”

Thomas Dekker

5. May lead to short-term memory loss

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You might experience short-term memory loss when you do not get enough sleep. This is because your brain is tired, therefore, it cannot function at its fullest capacity. You may forget small things easily and register information slowly. This is why your teachers are always on your case about getting a good nights rest before a test.

Try to make a good night’s sleep a priority, your social media will still be there the next morning.

Patricia Coetzee

I am a proudly Namibian teen from Walvis Bay.
Currently studying at The University of Namibia.

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September 2020