During the winter season days are much shorter and it’s not uncommon to feel a little more tired than usual. When we receive significantly less sun and vitamin D, our bodies respond to the darkness by producing more melatonin. This can quickly lead to many dangers, because while the days get shorter, our day to day tasks don’t stop. While driving to work in the morning, throughout the day, back home again and maybe into the night – it’s best to familiarize yourself with the dangers of sleep deprivation and how to fight it.
Accidents: Sleep deprivation is one of the leading causes to many different types of accidents. To name a few, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, The Challenger Explosion, Exxon Valdez oil spill and the American Airlines flight 1420 crash are all accidents that were related to sleep deprivation. A risk that most people are encountering every day is out on the road. A large percentage of car accidents can be linked back to sleep deprivation. When you combine darkness, tiredness and some ice and snow, this combination can be incredibly risky.
Health effects: Another way that sleep deprivation can impact you is on your overall health. The list of potential health risks related to a lack of sleep is not a short one by any means. From heart disease and high blood pressure to diabetes and a stroke, sleep deprivation isn’t something to mess around with.
Depression: Many people commonly feel a bit of “winter blues” as they settle into the season. While common, it shouldn’t be written off as something that isn’t dangerous. This can cause a whole new set of risks and symptoms such as weight loss or gain, anxiety, body and muscle aches and a change in appetite.
How to fight it: To combat winter tiredness, there are a handful of tricks you can incorporate into your daily winter routine.
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