Tiredness is a normal part of life, but if you’re constantly finding it hard to sleep – then it will be more damaging than you may think. So, why is it happening and what can you do to stop it? Read on to find out…
Sleep Deprivation: What Causes It?
Sleep deprivation – i.e. short sleep, chronic sleep loss, etc. – usually plagues new mothers. Not having a regular amount of sleep every night can result in what is known as “Sleep Debt.” This can only happen when you lose sleep one night after the other.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
This is usually the result of a lack of quality sleep during the night. However, it can also serve as a symptom to other chronic conditions, including:
- Lack of concentration
- Memory issues
- Problems with focus, etc.
Prolonged lack of sleep can influence both your mental and physical performance over time. This could result in chronic health issues.
Other causes of sleep deprivation include:
- Other obscure sleep disorders
Effects of Lack of Sleep
Have you ever received the complimentary “You look tired” greeting? One quick look into the compact’s mirror will confirm this.
Dark bags adorn your face, right under tired-looking, sleep-deprived eyes staring back at you. Your face looks somewhat sallow, and the youthfulness of your skin appears to have faded away.
Your body also reacts to your heightened lack of sleep by shooting your blood pressure to high heavens.
Poor Food Choices
Lack of sleep can also make you start making poor food choices regularly. This is because the hunger responses in your body have also been affected by your lack of sleep.
Your body will trick you into thinking it wants a lot of food that is loaded with nutrients. This will make you go for foods with high sugar and fat content.
This a clear indication of the relationship between a lack of sleep and weight gain as a result of slower metabolism.
Lack of sleep can also trigger severe fluctuations in the level of your blood sugar.
Susceptibility to Cold
Sleep deprivation also exposes you to the opportunity of catching a cold really fast. This is as a result of a suppressed immune system due to lack of sleep.
What Can You Do to Remedy This Situation?
So, what can you do to remedy this unpleasant situation that is affecting your health?
It starts with the following:
- Get to bed early enough
- Take time to unwind before you eventually go to sleep
- Get help
- No screen time before bed
- Create a sleeping pattern for your baby if you have one
The bottom line is, you need to take care of yourself and you can’t do this if your health spirals out of control.
So, if you must be productive – or active – for at least 16 hours every day, you need to spend the remaining eight hours in bed, fast asleep.