Not getting enough sleep for prolonged periods can seriously affect your health. Here are some of the health implications of sleep deprivation.
The health implications of sleep deprivation
Lack of sleep can increase your risk of several serious health problems, including:
- Heart attacks, disease or failure
- High blood pressure, irregular heartbeat or stroke
- Diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression
Inadequate amounts of sleep can also cause premature ageing of skin, loss of sex drive and weight gain. In addition, lack of sleep can cause accidents on the road or at work, for example.
Sleep deprivation and accidents
Causing drowsiness similar to driving drunk and impairing your attention, alertness and reasoning, concentration and problem solving skills, sleep deprivation can cause potentially serious work or road traffic accidents.
Hurt in an accident
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a driver suffering from sleep deprivation during the last three years, you could be eligible to make a claim for driver or passenger injury compensation. To make a successful claim, you must gather as much evidence to support your claim as possible.
Such evidence may include:
- Documentation of the personal injuries you sustained (medical records)
- Photos (if possible) of your injuries, the vehicles involved and the scene of the road accident (road lay-out, signs and signals present, weather conditions, condition of the road, etc.)
- Statements (with names and current contact information) by witnesses, attending police officers and medical personnel
- Wage slips and/or bank statements (if claiming for loss of earnings) and receipts for any expenses incurred because of your injury
Expenses you may be able to claim for include:
- Repairs to or replacement of your vehicle, clothing or other personal belongings damaged during the car accident
- Medical expenses, cost of care for yourself or dependant family members and transport costs (getting to hospitals, other treatment facilities, etc.)
You should also include any other documents you believe to be relevant to your claim.
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Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice