It is one of the most important physical needs of the human body, yet we fail to get enough each night to achieve what the body needs. Without sleep for a long period of time, the body starts to do all sorts of crazy stuff. Our health declines physically as well as our mental state. For mental health, it’s a vicious cycle. Anxiety and depression leads to sleep deprivation and sleep deprivation leads to anxiety and depression.
There’s no winning here.
Before we get started on the topic-at-hand, here’s a list of physical consequences of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Fatigue and exhaustion, leading to accidents
Is any of that true?
Fixing sleep deprivation is possible and not hard to obtain; however, it does take a little work and life changes to make it happen. But it’s worth it in the end. Not only because being sleepy all the time is annoying but because your health is in jeopardy.
Here’s a list of things you can do to get better sleep:
- Exercise on a regular basis: This doesn’t mean you have to get a gym membership, but taking walks/runs or doing exercises at home are a great start.
- Avoid naps: Although afternoon naps may seem like a great idea, they can harm your regular sleep schedule. It’s best to wait for bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine at night: In some cases people may need caffeine at night (students, night shift workers) but for the other population, caffeine is a detriment to proper sleep.
- Go to bed earlier: If you automatically wake up at a specific time each morning, go to bed earlier to ensure more rest. We’ve all tried to sleep in on Saturdays but how often does that actually happen?
- Don’t eat within a few hours of bedtime: Sorry, but that late night snack might be harming your sleep.
- Sleep study: If you’ve tried everything and can’t seem to find a solution, a sleep study is the next step. With a sleep study, a specialist can determine if you have a disorder like sleep apnea. From there, treatment options are discussed.
If you’re struggling with sleep deprivation, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us by calling 770-740-1860 or filling out the form at the top of the page.
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Harvard Medical School (2018, May 9th) Repaying Your Sleep Debt [Health journal] Retrieved on April 15th, 2020 from https://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/repaying-your-sleep-debt