What Happens When You Don't Sleep Well

August 13, 2019

What Happens When You Don't Sleep Well


You don’t need to hear it from professionals to know that when you don’t sleep well, you don’t feel well. Maybe you have that groggy feeling. Maybe you feel run down. Maybe you feel like you can’t anything done. Whatever the feeling is, it’s not good. But what happens when we don’t get the sleep we need? A few things. First, are the things that are happening to us that we can feel:

  • We feel sleepy. Because our bodies need sleep, when we don’t sleep, we experience a feeling of tiredness. We have that desire to close our eyes and, if at all possible, to climb back into bed.
  • We can’t concentrate. It’s hard to focus on things when our minds are focused on something else... all we can think about is how we want to get more sleep.
  • We are in a bad mood. Our moods are connected to how much sleep we’ve had. Having a bad day and you can’t figure out why? Maybe it’s because you didn’t get enough sleep the night before.
  • We become more forgetful. Can’t remember what your boss just asked you to do 5 minutes ago? Blame your lack of sleep on that.
  • We lose motivation. Now you’re feeling like you don’t want to tackle that big project. You just don’t want to do anything. You know why.


What about the things that are happening to us that we might not directly feel? The effects that bad sleep has on our bodies. If we continuously lack sleep, our bodies will undoubtedly react. Though different for everyone, things that can happen from continuous lack of sleep includes:

  • Gaining weight.
  • Higher blood pressure.
  • Altered hormones.
  • Respiratory diseases.
  • Weakened immune systems.
  • Depression.

So what can you do? If you don’t get a good night’s sleep once in a while, your body most likely won’t show any ill effects. It’s when you regularly don’t get enough sleep that you should be more concerned. First, take some steps to try to get better sleep.

Have you checked out our Tips to Sleep Better blog? There might be a few tips and tricks in there that you haven’t tried yet. If that doesn’t work, it might be time to check with your doctor or medical professional.

They can help you to determine why you aren’t sleeping. Together you can come up with a sleep plan that is geared specifically to help you.


How did you sleep last night? Do you feel very different when you know you haven’t slept well the night before?

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