How to know if you are sleep deprived

We've all had a zombie-like feeling due to inadequate or no sleep at one time. Even a single night tossing and turning can make you tired and irritable the next day.

 

Sleep deprivation is a lack of quality or quantity of sleep. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least seven hours a night for an adult. The CDC also estimates that, in every three adults, one suffers from sleep deprivation. Teenagers and children need more night rest than adults.

 

Sometimes, adult life gets busy and, the first thing you may want to sacrifice is sleep. Sacrificing sleep is quite unfortunate as it can amount to many health problems. A compromised immune system and weight gain are but a few to mention.

 

Read on to learn more about sleep deprivation.

 

What Contributes to Sleep Deprivation?

Many factors cause sleep deprivation. The common causes may include;

 

Personal Lifestyle

Our bodies need a good night's rest, but some people deprive the body of enough sleep. Instead of going to bed early, they stay up late watching a movie, chatting, or reading a novel.

 

Illness

Having a cold makes you snore or even have difficulties sleeping due to blocked noses.

 

Work

Individuals who work on shifts like medics have an irregular sleep-wake cycle.

 

Sleep Disorder

Sleep disorders like periodic limb movement disturb an individual's sleeping pattern.

 

Medications

In case you are on drugs to treat conditions like epilepsy, then you can have insomnia.

 

Your sleeping environment

The environment you sleep in can cost you your sleep. For instance, you may find it difficult to sleep in very hot or cold regions. You may also be sleeping next to someone who snores or lights on, and you have difficulties sleeping.

 

Poor sleep hygiene

Some people must take coffee or smoke a cigar before going to bed. Coffee and cigarettes stimulate the nervous system reducing the chances of falling asleep.

 

Babies

Parents may have fragments of sleep as they have to wake up between sleep to feed their babies.

 

Signs of Sleep Deprivation

In Adults

  1. Consistent yawning
  2. Poor concentration
  3. Changes in one’s moods like being easily irritable
  4. Dozing off when inactive for a little while
  5. Feeling tired in the morning when you wake up
  6. Sleep inertia, i.e., feeling sleepy all-day

 

In Children

Children who are sleep-depreciated tend to pick up speed more than dwindle. The signs may include;

  1. Mood changes and irritability
  2. Temper tantrums. They can burst out at the slightest rousing
  3. Catching naps during the day
  4. Being over-active
  5. Feeling dizzy to get out of bed in the morning

Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Inadequate sleep can result in the risk of specific health problems, as stated below;

  • Cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, high blood pressure, and even worse, stroke
  • Hormonal problems- sleep helps in the production and regulation of hormones. So, insufficient sleep affects hormone production
  • An inadequate amount of sleep affects how the body regulates blood sugar levels, hence may cause diabetes
  • Sleep affects hormones in charge of hunger and fullness. People who get insufficient sleep consume more calories, store more fat hence becoming obese
  • Insufficient sleep may make you prone to infections, which weaken your immunity
  • Inadequate sleep may affect the creation of hormones that improve your fertility
  • Lack of enough sleep may bring mental disorders like depression and anxiety

Importance of a Good Night Rest

  1. Are you watching your weight? Get enough sleep! Adequate sleep helps you fight off junk food cravings
  2. Sleep boosts your immunity and helps you fight infections
  3. Enough rest equals good moods all day. Minor ups and downs won't irritate you as much
  4. Your heart needs a good rest! Get that rest! Lack of sleep stresses your powerful muscle to work more
  5. Sufficient sleep controls how your brain works. Sleeping relaxes your body, but the brain remains active. It processes the day's memories. When you don't sleep, where do these memories go? The brain may create false memories.

Summary

Sleep is good for the body, mind, and soul. Have a routine to help you relax. Put your electronic gadgets away-you can check the updates in the morning. Sweet dreams!

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